Algal blooms reported in two Manitoba lakes
Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:58 PM - Blue-green algae has been reported in Lake Winnipeg and Dauphin Lake in Manitoba, prompting advisories from conservation authorities.
Officials say the algae levels are above the recreational water quality guideline but the toxins are below them.
According to health experts, ingesting water containing blue-green algae can be fatal to some animals and can cause serious illness in humans.
Back in July, Alberta Health Services issued several advisories following an outbreak of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) on Pigeon and Coal Lake for the fourth year in a row.
"Blue-green algae ... are found naturally in many lakes, ponds and reservoirs," Alberta Health Services writes.
"These algae, given the right conditions, may multiply significantly in summer months causing extensive growths referred to as blooms."
Officials say that runoff from lawn fertilizer has contributed to the problem.
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