Blue-green al­gae needs con­stant mon­i­tor­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

paint in the wa­ter, pea soup with par­ti­cles or a green or turquoise foam), res­i­dents should contact MCI at 819 340-8721 or by email at info@mem­phrem­a­gog.org. If pos­si­ble they should also take pic­tures of the bloom and take note of its lo­ca­tion and size. MCI re­ports all its find­ings to the ap­pro­pri­ate gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties.

Dur­ing the month of July, blue-green al­gae blooms were found on the 1st, 13th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 28th and the 29th in the ar­eas of Pot­ton, Austin, Og­den and New­port. In Au­gust, blooms were spot­ted on Au­gust 24th at Fitch Bay and on Septem­ber 2nd at Magoon Point. In­gest­ing wa­ter con­tam­i­nated by a blue-green al­gae in­ci­dent can cause stomach pains, vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea, headache or fever. Pro­longed contact with the wa­ter can cause skin ir­ri­ta­tions, eye ir­ri­ta­tions or a sore throat.

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