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Published on Jun 29, 2012
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 the sample 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.