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If the Water Looks and Smells Bad, it May Be Toxic, UCGS Study



9/14/2010 6:13:07 AM

ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2010) — Earthy or musty odors, along with visual evidence of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, may serve as a warning that harmful cyanotoxins are present in lakes or reservoirs. In a newly published USGS study of cyanobacterial blooms in Midwest lakes, taste-and-odor compounds were found almost every time cyanotoxins were found, indicating odor may serve as a warning that harmful toxins are present.

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