Blue-green algae warning for Pigeon Lake

Algae floats in Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park
Algae floats in Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park

12 August, 2017

"Oak Lake Beach algea levels are samples monthly, and on demand if there are reports of algae blooms or water issues", said Glen Cassie (Public Affairs Specialist with Communications Services Manitoba) in an email August 1.

If contact does occur, it's best to rinse off with clear water immediately.

Lake users should also avoid eating whole fish or fish trimmings from affected lakes - or feeding them to pets - because fish can store toxins from the algae in their livers.

The toxic algae, which can sicken people and kill dogs, forced the regional park agency to close the lakes during the bulk of the summer recreation season.

In addition, visitors and residents are reminded to not drink or cook with untreated water from any recreational body of water, including this lake, at any time.

Due to weather and wind conditions having the ability to move algae blooms from one location in the lake to another, the advisory will remain in effect for Buck Lake until further notice.

"Though blue-green algae are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers, they can become abundant, forming blooms in shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red", the advisory said.

Buck Lake is located approximately 60 kilometres south of Drayton Valley.

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