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Crews treat algea at NIU lagoon

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 2:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 2:30 p.m. CDT
Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia.com A sign denoting the pesticide treatment for algae stands on the shore of Northern Illinois University's lagoon on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

DeKALB – A portion of the lagoon at Northern Illinois University has been treated with pesticides to mitigate algae as workers continue beautifying campus in preparation for a new school year.

Workers treated the water on Thursday morning, and pets should avoid the water within 1,500 feet of a warning notice placed in the treated area as well as 15 feet from the shore for seven days. Any irrigation should also be avoided for a week. 

The treatment is part of an effort to enhance the campus environment and utilize natural resources, NIU spokesman Brad Hoey said. Pesticides have been used to treat the lagoon in the past. 

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