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 How to Test Your Pond for Blue-Green Algae


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Blue-green algae is one of the animal health issues that you have to deal with every summer in Kansas.  The toxins can be extremely poisonous.  It's important to take a sample where the algae is more likely to be present, such as the downwind side of a pond, and shallow areas that are warmer.
Then, follow these simple steps.
 
  • Choose a clean container with a wide mouth.
  • Rinse out the container with the pond water.
  • Label the outside with the date and location.
  • Scoop the water from the surface along with the scum.
  • Be careful not to come into contact with the water by using a cup attached to a long stick, or by using gloves.
  • Secure the lid, and put it into a plastic bag.
  • Put the sample into a cooler with an ice pack, but don't freeze.
  • Place it into a refrigerator, and then mail the sample by overnight express to a lab.