Farmers, Outdoor Workers, Enthusiasts & Sports Players

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Many Vermonters spend a lot of time outdoors. Learn more about health and wellness for people who work and play outside.

Information for You

Not all Vermont bays, lakes, and ponds are monitored. Be aware of changing conditions, and keep out of the water if you think cyanobacteria may be present. Check recent reports on lake conditions and season summaries. To find out if a beach or swim area is open, call the beach manager.

Untreated surface water in rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds is not safe to drink unless it is treated to remove bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Outdoor air can contain pollutants. Air pollution has been linked to specific health problems—such as asthma, heart disease, and lung cancer.

Six tick species are known to bite humans in Vermont, and five can transmit diseases. But nearly all tickborne diseases reported to the Health Department are caused by the blacklegged tick.

Campylobacteriosis is an illness caused by bacteria called Campylobacter.

Arsenic is a natural element found in some rocks and soil in Vermont. People routinely take in very small amounts of arsenic from the air, from water, and from food.

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