Al­gae bloom found in Lake Talon

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS -

a harm­ful al­gae bloom has been found in Lake Talon.

The north bay par ry sound dis­trict health unit is­sued a me­dia re­lease Wed­nes­day in­form­ing the pub­lic of cyanobac­te­ria, also known as blue­green al­gae or pond scum.

The al­gae, which is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing tox­ins, was con­firmed by the lab­o­ra­tory of the min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment, Con­ser­va­tion and parks.

The tox­ins in harm­ful al­gae can ir­ri­tate the skin and, if swal­lowed, cause di­ar­rhea and vom­it­ing.

res­i­dents of Lake Talon may be af­fected de­pend­ing on their close­ness to the site of the al­gae, the size of the lake, wind di­rec­tions, 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 rec­om­mended to use 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 - 1-800268-6060.

If you live near where the bloom was de­tected or where a bloom is vis­i­ble, fol­low these safety mea­sures - do not use the wa­ter. This in­cludes: drink­ing, cook­ing, bathing, and brush­ing teeth. Note: us­ing a pri­vate wa­ter sys­tem or boil­ing the wa­ter will not de­stroy the tox­ins. do not swim and avoid wa­ter sports where there is harm­ful al­gae. Limit the amount of fish flesh you eat. some tox­ins can build up in fish and shell­fish. do not eat the liver, kid­neys and other or­gans. be care­ful not to cut the or­gans when fil­let­ing. If skin con­tact does oc­cur, wash with soap and wa­ter or rinse thor­oughly with clean wa­ter to re­move al­gae.

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