Don't Swim in the Buffalo

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National Park Service | Education and Safety | July 31, 2018

Don't swim in the algae says Buffalo River officials

The National Park Service is urging visitors to the Buffalo River to avoid drinking water from or swimming near areas with lots of algae.

HARRISON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Buffalo River continues to experience significant algal growth this summer as hot and dry conditions persist. Most algae are harmless, but certain types can make people and pets sick if they swim in or drink water in close proximity to the algae.

“We've always had algae blooms, but just the size of some of the ones that we're seeing now may be abnormal but we're trying to find out,” said Shawn Hodges, a ranger and ecologist for the National Park Service, overseers of the river.

Read more on Buffalo River water quality here