Oakland County Health Division issues public health advisory for algal blooms

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Harmful algae blooms found in Pontiac Lake and Sugden Lake

"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.

Alberta Health Services is warning that the toxic blooms have been identified in Pigeon Lake, 108 kilometres south of Edmonton.

Cyanobacteria is naturally occurring, and becomes visible during periods of calm weather, according to an AHS advisory issued Friday. Swim beaches will be open from 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. Saturday at both the Lake Temescal and Quarry Lakes regional recreation areas.

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A sample taken by Stony Brook University confirmed the presence of new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue-green algae, the Health Department said.

They're also recommending not to feed whole fish or fish trimmings from the lake to pets and to limit human consumption, though fish fillets can safely be consumed.

Areas of Buck Lake in which the blue-green algae bloom is not visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while the advisory is in place.

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Home and cottage owners who use lake water as a source for drinking water should be aware that most small treatment systems are unable to remove algal toxins.

AHS said blue-green algae had been detected in the water on Pigeon Lake.

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