Alberta Health Services has issued blue-green algae advisories for two local lakes in the past week.
Lac La Biche Lake and Lower Therien Lake have blue-green algae blooms.
Visitors to this lake, as well as residents living near the shores, are advised to take the following precautions:
- Avoid all contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.
- Do not swim or wade, or allow your pets to swim or wade in any areas where blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is visible.
- Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.
- Consider limiting human consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake, as it is known that fish may store toxins in their liver. (People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake).
Other local lakes including Moose Lake, Stoney Lake, Vincent Lake, Fork Lake, Floatingstone Lake, Garner Lake, and Lac Sante, have had blue-green algae advisories this summer.