Blue-green algae advisory issued for Buck Lake

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
August 11, 2017 - 5:05pm

A blue-green algae advisory has been issued for a lake south of Drayton Valley. 

Alberta Health Services issued the advisory for Buck Lake on Friday afternoon, after blooms of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) were discovered in the water.

AHS recommends visitors and residents near the lake to:

·   "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 filletsfrom this lake)." 

Residents and visitors are also reminded not to drink the water from the lake or cook with it.

Due to weather and wind conditions having the ability to move algae blooms from one location in the lake to another, the advisory will remain in effect for Buck Lake until further notice.  

Areas of Buck Lake in which the blue-green algae bloom is not visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while the advisory is in place.

Buck Lake is located approximately 60 kilometres south of Drayton Valley.

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