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Arboretum Waterway Is Cyanotoxin-Free Again

By Dateline Staff on November 1, 2019 in University

Good news for those who like to visit the Arboretum with their four-legged friends: Recent tests show cyanotoxins are no longer present in the Arboretum Waterway.

Specifically, microcystins — the primary cyanotoxin found in the Waterway in August — were not found in the most recent round of testing.

Does that mean your furry friend can go off leash for a swim? Unfortunately, the answer is still no. First off, it's never a good idea for dogs (or humans) to swim in water where algae blooms are known to occur and the Arboretum Waterway — along with many other bodies of water all over the  world — is no exception. Secondly, dogs visiting campus must be leashed.

Learn more more about the original cyanobacteria detection by reading our article and FAQ from August, and continue to keep your pup on a leash everywhere on campus, including jogs or strolls along the Arboretum Waterway.

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