NEWS RELEASE (North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit)
August 8, 2019
HARMFUL BLUE-GREEN ALGAE NEAR LAVIGNE
LAVIGNE, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) would like to advise the public that a harmful algae bloom (cyanobacteria), also known as blue-green algae, has been found in the Northwest Bay area of Lake Nipissing, near Lavigne. Species of the algae capable of producing toxins were confirmed by the laboratory of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. The toxins in harmful algae can irritate the skin and, if swallowed, cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Residents of Lavigne may be affected depending on their closeness to the algae bloom, wind direction, water flow, and other environmental conditions that cannot be predicted or controlled. Due to the many factors involved, government authorities are unable to determine where and when there are no toxins. Users are advised to exercise their judgment before using the water. For further details on the location of the algae bloom, and sampling process, contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks - Spills Action Centre - 1-800-268-6060.
If you live near where a bloom was detected or where a bloom is visible, follow these safety measures:
You can find out more about harmful algae at myhealthunit.ca/algae or by calling the Health Unit at 705-474-1400, ext. 5400 or 1-800-563-2808.
Alex McDermid, Public Relations Specialist
P: 705-474-1400, ext. 5221 or 1-800-563-2808