Blue-Green Algae – Get to Know its True Colours

The article below was published by The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit: 

– Season For Blue-Green Algae Arrives, Bringing Reminder to Beware – and Be Aware – of Potential Risks to Public Health –

People who swim, drink and use water from area lakes are being reminded to be on the lookout for blue-green algae (BGA), and to change their habits accordingly if they detect it.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is encouraging residents, cottagers and visitors who use area lakes and waterways to educate themselves about BGA to reduce their potential health risk. In the past few summers, BGA has surfaced in local lakes, particularly in shallow, still water and during extremely warm temperatures.

“Reports of blue-green algae in our region have been more common in the summer months, so it is important to beware of the risks associated with BGA and be aware of what to look for in the water,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit.

BGA, also known as cyanobacteria, are primitive microscopic organisms that occur naturally in lakes, bays and inlets around the world. Normally, the algae are barely visible, but during warm weather the algae can rapidly increase in shallow, still waters to form a large mass called a bloom. Dense blue-green algae blooms can make the water look like a bluish-green pea soup, or a shiny paint slick. Most algae blooms are short-lived and will break down in a few days or weeks.

While many forms of blue-green algae are harmless, some forms produce toxins that can be harmful to humans and animals. This means that any exposure to the water, be it drinking, swimming, bathing, cooking or washing, can lead to health problems. The extent of how sick people can get depends on the type of BGA and how long they are exposed to the toxins, Ovcharovich says.

“If you see or detect serious signs of blue-green algae in a lake or local waterway, avoid using the water at all costs,” he says. “Boiling the water won’t help either, as this kills the algae resulting in the release of more toxins into the water.”

The Health Unit is helping raise awareness about BGA through an information campaign called Blue-Green Algae: Get to Know Its True Colours. The goal is to help people who use area lakes recognize BGA and take appropriate precautions.

175th Civic Regatta – Running & Swimming Races!

This August long weekend, Sturgeon Point will be celebrating that the first Sturgeon Point Regatta was held 175th year ago!

Part of the events held this weekend are the annual Swimming/Water and Running Races.

The Swimming/Water Races will be held on Sunday, August 4th, 2pm at the Public Beach.

The Running/Novelty Races will be held on Monday, August 5th, 10am at the lawn of Swananoa.

We are looking for volunteers to help with races.  If you are interested in being a race judge or can help with water actiities, please let me know!!  [email protected] or 887-1989




Civic Holiday Regatta 175th Anniversary Swag Reminder

 To help commemorate the anniversary of the regatta this summer we are selling t-shirts and pennants so we can all wear our community pride on our sleeves!

 Pennpennantants are $8 each and are available for pick up or delivery immediately.

 T-shirts are $10 each and must be pre-ordered and paid for at the time of ordering.  Samples are available for sizing (a full range of Men’s, Ladies’ & Youth sizes).  They will be delivered by Civic weekend. 

To order in person, please contact me directly by email ([email protected]) or phone (705-887-3415) so we can arrange to meet.  If you are not at the Point now but would like to purchase swag you can still do so from a distance!  Please call or email and I tshirtwill help you figure out the sizes needed and you can send a cheque by mail. 

 Order deadline is Thursday, July 18th.






Lisa Vehrs

Sturgeon Point Association
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