Follow-Up Samples from the Illinois River Show No Microcystins

Continue to use caution when recreating and be aware of blue-green algae
By: Rosemary Piser
Illinois officials had been alerted in June 2018 to a possible algal bloom on the Illinois River. Water samples collected at the reported locations detected microcystins above the 4 parts per billion (ppb) health advisory established by U.S. EPA.

The Illinois EPA and Department of Public Health have collected follow-up samples in the Illinois River which showed no evidence of the algal toxin, microcystin, including samples collected near Hennepin and Marseilles. It is likely that heavy rains . . .

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