Harmful blue-green algae confirmed in Lake Nosbonsing
File photo of blue-green algae supplied by PHSD
MUNICIPALITY OF EAST FERRIS AND TOWNSHIP OF BONFIELD – Blue-green algae has been found in Lake Nosbonsing, according to the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.
Species of the algae that are capable of producing toxins have been confirmed by the laboratory of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
For those living on Lake Nosbonsing, you may be affected depending on your closeness to the algae bloom, 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 before using the water.
If you live near where a 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 when a bloom is present.
- If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water then rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove 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.
The toxins in harmful algae can irritate the skin and, if swallowed, cause diarrhea and vomiting. Users of the waterway are cautioned to use their own judgement before using the water. 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.
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