Toxic Algae: Exploring What's Behind It And What Can Be Done To Prevent It

Mar 12, 2020

While the winter weather is still going strong, that hasn’t stopped scientists at UW-Milwaukee from continuing their research on a big problem facing many of Wisconsin’s lakes: toxic algae. If you've driven by the lagoon at Milwaukee’s Veteran’s Park at the lakefront, you've probably seen the culprit up close. The blue-green algae has covered the southern part of the lagoon like a blanket — and the risk to anyone wading into that water is great.

What’s behind the hazard? And what can be done to prevent the toxic algae from forming in the first place? Todd Miller, associate professor of environmental health sciences at UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health, is our guest on this edition of UWM Today to help answer those questions.