Blue-Green Algae Warning Rescinded

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit rescinded the precautionary warning previously issued for the eastern leg of Sturgeon Lake. The Public Beach is no longer posted. The water certainly appears to be clearer than it was two weeks ago.

The warning was issued back on August 5th, and so had been in place for one day short of three weeks. Now we have to hope for a return to warm weather before these last days of summer fade into history.

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Update (August 16, 2011)

Toxicology results have confirmed low levels of microcystin-LR in the eastern leg of Sturgeon Lake. The good news is that the toxin levels were very low – in fact, they were lower than the acceptable level for this toxin in drinking water. (Note: This doesn’t mean that the lake water is safe to drink!)

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Blue-green Algae confirmed – warning remains in place (August 11, 2011)

The Ministry of the Environment’s test results have confirmed the presence of anabaena, a species of blue-green algae (sometimes known as Cyanobacteria). This is a species that can produce toxins in the water. In sufficient concentrations these toxins can cause health problems.  The health warning will stay in effect until further notice.

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Blue-green Algae Advisory Update (August 8, 2011)

On Monday morning the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District (HKPRD) Health Unit reported that the Blue-Green Algae Bloom Warning remains in place today. The Health Unit is expecting test results from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) on Wednesday. Those results are expected to be more specific than the very general warning presently in place. The warning status is unlikely to change before then.

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