Lake Carmi

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Last week cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, showed up in blooms that closed beaches on Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi, disappointing swimmers looking for relief from the late September swelter. But more than an inconvenience, it also posed health concerns for people and pets who might come into contact with the bacteria.

What is Vermont doing to prevent these blooms from happening? We asked Julie Moore, Vermont's Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

The Town of Franklin closed a public beach on Lake Carmi earlier this week in response to potentially toxic blooms of cyanobacteria in the lake, officials said.

Town Clerk Lisa Larivee said a lake monitor – trained to spot cyanobacteria by the Vermont Department of Health in partnership with the Lake Champlain Committee –  contacted the town about a bloom of the bacteria.