Rain and melting snow pick up pollutants from our parks and trails and carry them into local waterways untreated. These are the same waterways where we swim, fish, and play during the summer. By recreating responsibly, you can protect water quality, aquatic life, and fellow community members. Use our tips to leave home prepared to protect yourself and our waterways while hiking, camping, and swimming.
Take precautions when algae is present. Not all algae are harmful to humans or pets, but the best way to keep your family safe during an algae bloom is to:
When wading or swimming in any natural water body you may be exposed to E. coli and other microorganisms. Below are some tips to help reduce the chance of illness resulting from E. coli exposure while swimming: