It's important to educate yourself about blue-green algae so that you'll be prepared to make smart decisions about where to enjoy water recreation and how to avoid contact with blue-green algae. In this section we've gathered informative articles, scientific white papers and other resources to arm you with the information you need to safely enjoy Oklahoma's lakes.

If it's green on top, stop! That's the first thing you need to know about blue-green algae; other guidelines on this checklist give details on how to spot them, why they are a concern, and how to protect yourself and your pets. read more

In an effort to protect the health of residents and visitors, Oklahoma legislators recently established a policy for handling blue-green algae outbreaks in the state's lakes and rivers. read more

Learn what blue-green algae are, where they live and the chances of them being toxic. read more

This report summarizes human health data and water sampling results voluntarily reported to CDC's Waterborne Disease and Outbreak Surveillance System for the years 2009–2010. read more

Describes how the toxicity of blue-green algae can be tested in lakes to garner the most accurate results. This presentation was presented by the U.S. Geological Survey at the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference 4-25-2010. read more

Overview information on blue-green algae and harmful algal blooms from the U.S. Geological Survey. read more

Read the World Health Organization's guidelines for recreational water safety including a full chapter on algae and cyanobacteria in fresh water. read more

This report discusses the various monitoring programs used by states to evaluate cyanobacterial toxins in recreational fresh waters of the United States. read more

A report by the World Health Organization including an overview of public health consequences, monitoring and management. read more