Contaminated water can kill.
It’s known to have killed dogs, cattle, and other animals.
Dangerous is cyanobacteria that produce neurotoxins.
Animals are affected when they drink
And swim in this polluted water
In 2020 some 365 elephants were stricken
In Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle
Many of these elephants
In the herd seemed disoriented, and collapsed
Some died suddenly as they walked in circles
But what causes cyanobacteria?
Elevated waste levels
Of phosphate and nitrate are the culprits
They are the reason for this slimy red film
Lack of proper water circulation
And the use of old light bulbs in aquariums
How can a gardener prevent cyanobacteria?
It’s best to use recommended dosage of fertilizers.
Reduce the run off in the environment.
Take care to maintain the household septic tank.
Have a buffer of natural vegetation around ponds
And lakes to filter incoming water
“Eternal Essence, help us in making our environment safe for animals. Give us the knowledge to be able to counter the threat of cyanobacteria in our streams.”