Hoosiers love our beautiful Indiana lakes. But as the dog days of summer continue to bring steamy weather, we should think twice before diving in — both people and dogs. Earlier this month, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) issued an advisory for several lakes and waterways across the state due to potentially harmful algae blooms. These alerts have remained active for weeks, with some becoming even more serious in recent days. Health risks from blue-green algae span allergic reactions in humans to potentially death if swallowed by dogs. You can visit IDEM’s website to learn more information.
Hoosiers should be concerned — but not surprised — by these warnings. The Great Lakes region has battled algae outbreaks all summer, exacerbated by unusually high water levels. More importantly, Hoosiers should recognize these warnings are one sign that Indiana’s climate is changing — it’s getting warmer. This will increasingly affect air and water quality and the environment we humans are so comfortable in. And it’s on us to take meaningful action in response.