Nova Scotia

Halifax lifts blue-green algae risk advisory for Cunard Beach

Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted a risk advisory for Williams Lake Beach at Cunard Pond after testing indicated an algae bloom was not toxin producing.

A provincial water advisory remains in effect for Cunard Pond

Williams Lake Beach was shut down on Aug. 10 because of a suspected blue-green algae bloom. (Shaina Luck)

A blue-green algae risk advisory for Cunard Beach at Williams Lake has been lifted, according to a news release from the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, occurs in freshwater environments and can multiply rapidly during the summer.

Some types of blue-green algae produce toxins during blooms. Toxins may be released into the water when the blooms decay.

Test results showed the algae bloom is not toxin producing. 

The release said that a provincial water advisory remains in effect for Williams Lake. 

The beach was closed on Aug. 10 pending the results of testing.