Harmful algae blooms found in two metro Detroit lakes

Posted at 11:11 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 06:40:08-04

You would never expect the Swamp Thing from DC Comics to show up in our universe, but it sure is looking like it lately on some of our area lakes. 

The Oakland County Health Division has issued a public health advisory for Sugden Lake in White Lake Township and in Pontiac Lake in Waterford and White Lake Townships.

Algal blooms, a rapid growth of algae in dense populations in water,  are forming in these lakes and others around the metro area.

Blooms are most common during the warmer times of summer, but lately the stagnant flow of our weather has helped this growth accelerate. 

The lack of wind coupled with strong sun and very little run off of fresh rain has not allowed much mixing of the lake waters. This would typically help keep the concentrations of the blooms down below unhealthy levels.

When the blooming algae contain toxins it is known as a harmful algal bloom, or HAB. These HABs usually look like an oil film or spilled paint on the water's surface. If the bloom looks green from the shore or from a boat it means the toxicity is most likely harmful.

There will be a little better flow and some rain chances on Thursday night and Friday, but overall through the next week's weather conditions will continue to aid in the bloom growth.

For more information on the health concerns of these blooms and how to treat yourself and your pets if you become exposed contact the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278, or visit or find Public Health Oakland on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC .