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Blue-Green Algae found in more area lakes

Blooms have been reported now in Talon Lake and McQuaby Lake
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A blue green algae bloom in Lake Nipissing this summer. Photo courtesy Joel Harrison.

More blue-green algae blooms are being found in area lakes.  

After multiple reports of blue-green algae blooms in Lake Nipissing, now the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is reporting algae blooms have been found in Talon Lake in McCool Bay in the township of Bonfield and McQuaby Lake in the township of Nipissing.   

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says species of the algae capable of producing toxins were confirmed by the laboratory of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. The toxins in harmful algae can irritate the skin and, if swallowed, cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Residents of Township of Bonfield and Township of Nipissing may be affected depending on their closeness to the algae bloom, the size of the lake, wind direction, water flow, and other environmental conditions that cannot be predicted or controlled.

Due to the many factors involved, government authorities are unable to determine where and when there are no toxins. Users are advised to exercise their judgment.

For further details on the location of the algae bloom, and sampling process, contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks - Spills Action Centre - 1-800-268-6060.