Blue green algae blooms typically form on Lake Eau Claire this time of year due to low oxygen levels at the bottom of the lake.
The algae can be toxic for humans and pets and it creates problems for aquatic life. To solve the issue, the DNR, Eau Claire County, and the Lake Eau Claire Association are going to install an aerator to help keep the oxygen levels in the lake high enough so that the algae won't bloom.
"It not only affects this lake but it affects the downstream area as well,” said the lake management plan coordinator Dr. Rod Zika. “It affects Lake Altoona, it affects the city of Eau Claire because these materials can float downstream and affect those areas as well."
The $200,000 project is being paid for by donations, the county and a DNR grant. The hope is to have the aerator installed by the end of the summer.