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Candlewood Lake Residents Oppose Use of Chemicals
For nearly three hours, dozens of residents around Candlewood Lake spoke against a proposal to use herbicides and algaecides to treat Eurasian watermilfoil and blue-green algae, both of which have plagued the lake for years.

Most of the concerns focused on health risks and possible negative effects the chemicals would have on the environment. Speakers said they were worried about adding the chemical to the water in the event the lake was needed as a reservoir while others questioned the science behind the chemicals’ safety.



 
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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Plague Freshwater - Algal blooms have closed lake beaches or led to swimming advisories from Vermont's Lake Champlain to Dorena Reservoir in Oregon and from Florida’s Caloosahatchee River to Wisconsin's Lake Menomin. In addition to the health risks, the blooms take an economic toll. An estimate by Walter Dodds of Kansas State University conservatively puts the annual cost of freshwater algal blooms at more than $1 billion from lost recreation and depressed property values.


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