Big Grant Helps Out Kosciusko Water Ways

By Scott Sarvay

July 26, 2010 Updated Jul 26, 2010 at 6:04 PM EDT

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A $150,000 grant aims to research and protect Kosciusko County lakes from Blue-Green Algae.

Blue-Green Algae is a growing problem in Hoosier lakes and reservoirs that can cause skin irritation, stomach illness, and kidney disease.

Kosciusko County officials say there is a concerning amount of algae in several lakes.

They say during the next two-years, they'll study where and when potentially harmful amounts of algae could occur.

Director of Kosciusko County Lakes and Streams Nathan Bosch, PhD says, “It's something that's emerging. It's something that's important. And I think in the future it's going to become something that's going to be more important and more of a problem unless we understand it now and take steps to try to fix the problem.”

Researchers say it's still safe to visit and swim in Kosciusko County lakes.

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