Sudbury

Blue-green algae confirmed in Ramsey, Wanapitei, and Hannah lakes

Sudbury’s Health Unit has said that blooms of blue-green algae have been confirmed in three Sudbury lakes.
Blue-green algae blooms have been confirmed in Ramsey Lake, among other Sudbury lakes. (Submitted by: University of Alberta)

Sudbury's Health Unit confirms that blooms of blue-green algae have been found in three Sudbury lakes.

Samples taken from Ramsey Lake, Lake Wanapitei, and Hannah Lake this month have tested positive for the bacteria, the health unit said.

A spokesperson said in a release that the drinking water supply from Ramsey is protected.
The SDHU confirmed that blooms were found on Ramsey Lake today. (Claude Gagnon/ ICI-Radio Canada)

Blue-green algal blooms have an unsightly pea soup appearance and foul smell, and can produce toxins that can cause sickness, diarrhea and vomiting.

The blooms are also unanchored, which means they can move around a lake.

The Health Unit advises people who see and smell the blooms near the shore to steer clear, and keep pets out of the water.
The SDHU advises people to avoid swimming in, or drinking late water when any blue-green algae blooms are visible.

With files from Jessica Pope. Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges

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