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Officials: Avoid touching algae or scum on Morrison Lake

This cautionary advice is based on water samples taken on Aug. 20.

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — Ionia County has issued a Public Health Advisory on potentially harmful algae in Morrison Lake.

After water samples taken on Aug. 20, they are advising people and pets to avoid touching a dangerous species of algae or scum on the lake, which looks like spilled paint on the water and has a green tint to it, according to their Facebook page.

A lake goer, Jeanne Hewitt said she accidentally put her foot in the water, and the algae stuck to her shoe. "It was like mustard, it was that thick," Hewitt said. 

The Ionia County Health Department said the conditions of the water could change quickly, but until further notice it is advised to stay out of the lake. 

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