Blue Green Algae Bloom Found On Lake Muskoka

Posted: 2020-09-04 11:41:31 By: thebay

Residents and visitors to Boyd’s Bay on Lake Muskoka in Bracebridge are being cautioned about a confirmed blue-green algae bloom.

The Health Unit is asking resident and visitors to exercise caution where blue-green algae is visible and:

  • do not drink or swim in the water or prepare infant formula where an algae bloom is visible
  • be cautious about eating fish caught in water
  • do not use herbicides, copper sulphate or other algaecides that may break open algae cells and release toxins into the water

Blooms may make the water look bluish-green, or like green pea soup or turquoise paint.

The Health Unit says many species of blue-green algae have the potential to produce toxins that are harmful to the health of humans and animals.