Alert! Blue green algae in Muskoka

From the CHA July 17th newsletter:

Small blue-green algae bloom confirmed in Ten Mile Bay

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed a small blue-green algae bloom in a shallow bay on the eastern end of Ten Mile Bay, Lake of Bays. Water sampling has been conducted to determine if toxins are present, but the results have not yet been received. In the meantime, the SMDHU is cautioning residents and businesses not to drink water from the lake where blue-green algae is visible and to take the following precautions: 

·     Do not use the lake water for the preparation of infant formula.

·     Do not allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible.

·     Be cautious about eating fish caught in water where blue-green algae blooms occur.

·     Do not boil water or use herbicides, copper sulphate or other algaecides as this may break open algae cells and release toxins into the water.

·     Avoid swimming and other water sport activities where an algae bloom is visible.

Please note that the photo is not a photo of a blue-green algae bloom.