Im­por­tant No­tice For Res­i­dents Draw­ing Their Water From Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog

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TheMin­istry of Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, the en­vi­ron­ment and Parks (MDDEP) has is­sued an in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lar con­firm­ing the pres­ence of to­tal cyanobac­te­ria with a toxic po­ten­tial in the Austin sec­tor.

An al­gae bloom, cat­e­gory 2a, of a green and brown colour has been ob­served on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog, in the Austin sec­tor. The re­sults of the anal­y­sis con­firm the pres­ence of Cyanobac­te­ria species, con­sist­ing of a group­ing of sev­eral va­ri­eties, in­clud­ing ones sus­cep­ti­ble to the pro­duc­tion of tox­ins. For the moment, the pres­ence of cyan­otox­ins has not been con­firmed, and the sit­u­a­tion does not re­quire the in­ter­ven­tion of pub­lic health au­thor­i­ties. Res­i­dents should keep in­formed of the sit­u­a­tion as it de­vel­ops by reg­u­larly con­sult­ing the MCI web site. Also, MCI asks shore­line res­i­dents to check their waterfront and ad­vise us of any ev­i­dence of al­gae blooms at info@mem­phrem­a­gog.org, in­clud­ing, if pos­si­ble, pho­tos of the bloom and a de­scrip­tion of the ex­tent and the spe­cific lo­ca­tion of the ob­ser­va­tion, as well as an es­ti­mate of the den­sity and any pres­ence of sur­face scum.

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