Being aware of water conditions and adopting safe practices with your children while in and around recreational waters is very important. Whether boating, swimming or just splashing around, unintentional drowning can occur. Learn more about water safety
Vermont’s lakes, ponds, streams and rivers may contain bacteria that can make you sick. Children tend to spend more time in the water than adults. They are also more likely to accidentally swallow water when swimming and, for these reasons, they are more likely than adults to get sick. However, babies, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk of becoming seriously ill. Learn more about swim water testing
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are naturally found in fresh water in the U.S. and in Lake Champlain and other Vermont waters. Some types of cyanobacteria can release natural toxins or poisons (called cyanotoxins) into the water, especially when they die and break down.
Swimming or wading in water with cyanobacteria may cause minor skin rashes, sore throats, diarrhea, stomach problems, or more serious health problems. Children are more at risk of getting sick since they are more likely to swallow water when swimming and playing than adults. Learn more about cyanobacteria