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Wednesday , 30 September 2020

Blue-green algae found in Fork Lake and Vincent Lake

Alberta Health Services has issued advisories on two local lakes for residents to be aware of this long weekend.

Fork Lake, roughly 55 kilometres southeast of Lac La Biche and Vincent Lake 20 kilometres north of St. Paul have blue-green algae blooms.

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).

Floating Stone Lake near St. Paul and Garner Lake near Smoky Lake have blue-green algae blooms detected this week as well.

Chatwin Lake, Lac Sante, and Moose Lake have also had blue-green algae blooms.

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Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.