Sustainable Eden Prairie is an ongoing effort focusing on education and implementation of sustainable practices to protect the environment and natural resources our community enjoys.
Building upon the success of the 20-40-15 initiative, the City is leading by example and providing a foundation for residents and businesses to carry out sustainable practices in four areas — energy, landscape, waste and water.
Heat Brings Back Blue-Green Algae
Harmful algal blooms can harm people, pets, fish, shellfish and birds.
Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria present at low levels in many Minnesota lakes and ponds. When water is stagnant, warm and rich in nutrients — especially phosphorus — bacteria can grow quickly, forming what are called “blooms.” These blooms typically look like pea soup or bright green paint. They can also produce a strong, swampy odor as the bacteria breaks down.
Not all blue-green algae are harmful, but there is no way to determine if a water body is toxic just by looking at it. If there is algae visible in a body of water or if the water clarity is less than 3-feet deep, it is best to be cautious and avoid contact. Pets are particularly susceptible because they tend to swallow more water than humans while swimming. It is always a good practice to shower or rinse off after wading or swimming in lakes.