A bloom of blue-green algae as shown by researchers near Edmonton. (University of Alberta)

Blue-green algae bloom advisory issued for Pigeon Lake

Alberta Health Services issued a blue-green algae advisory for Pigeon Lake July 28, 2020.

Tuesday July 28, 2020, Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued an advisory for a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom on Pigeon Lake.

The bloom has only been identified in areas of Pigeon Lake, therefore areas of the lake where the blue-green algae bloom is not visible can still be used for recreational purposes; even while the advisory is in place.

However, it is important to be aware that weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another.

According to AHS, blue-green algae is naturally occurring and often becomes visible when weather conditions are calm. Blue-green algae will appear to look like scrum, grass clippings, fuzz or gobs on the surface of the water and can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, or pinkish-red. The algae often smells musty or grassy.

Although residents and visitors are never supposed to drink or cook with untreated water from a recreational body of water such as Pigeon Lake, AHS is reminding people that even boiling this water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae.

Alternative drinking water sources should be provided to pets and livestock while the advisory is active, as exposure to the bacteria can be fatal for pets.

“People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae or who ingest water containing blue-green algae may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea,” says an AHS release regarding Pigeon Lake’s blue-green algae advisory. “Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days.”

Children are likely to have more pronounced symptoms than adults, however, AHS says that the blue-green algae poses risk to all humans regardless of age.

AHS advises residents living near the shore and visitors to Pigeon Lake 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 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).

If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae or if you require further information on health concerns and blue-green algae, call Health Link at 811. Additional information is available online at www.ahs.ca/bga.



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Lacombe Food Bank is still seeking donations for non-perishable items. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)
Fraserway RV donates $20,000 to Lacombe Food Bank

Fraserway RV is Canada’s largest RV dealership and has stores across the country including one in Lacombe.

JJ Collett Natural Area Foundation held its AGM on Oct. 19 at the Ponoka Legion. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
De-listing Alberta parks creates ‘risk’ for coal mining: CPAWS

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society speaks at JJ Collett AGM

The City of Lacombe hired the consulting company, Moorhouse and Associates, to carry out research for phase one of the Social Master Plan. The plan will help the city to learn what areas need the most support. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)
City of Lacombe announces first-ever Social Master Plan

The plan aims to discover what services need the City’s attention over the next five years

On This Spot was first created in Vancouver, B.C. after co-founder Andrew Farris started a blog with the same concept during his travels abroad. Photo courtesy On This Spot.
On This Spot app launches in Lacombe and surrounding municipalities

The app shows residents what the historic city looked like hundreds of years ago

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives for an announcement at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.	Kenney is isolating at home after one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Alberta premier tests negative for COVID-19 but will isolate for a week

Kenney said he will isolate until Oct. 29 and, in the meantime, work from home

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Temporary COVID-19 testing sites coming to Wetaskiwin and Ponoka

The Wetaskiwin location will open Oct. 23, 2020 and the Ponoka location will open Oct. 29.

ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly spoke to Ponoka Chamber of Commerce members over Zoom on Oct. 20. (Image: screenshot)
Alberta chambers are ‘411’ to members, government: ACC president

Changes to government supports, second wave and snap election

Smartphone showing various applications to social media services and Google. (Pixabay photo)
National media calling for level playing field with Google, Facebook

In Canada, Google and Facebook control 80 per cent of all online advertising revenues

RCMP. (Black Press File Photo)
Calgary man dies in two-vehicle collision near Sylvan Lake

A semi truck collided with a SUV just east of Hwy. 781 on Hwy 11.

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Alberta's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Advisers are reportedly recommending Alberta's kindergarten to Grade 4 arts and social studies curriculum remove all references to residential schools because it's "too sad" for young children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Advisers suggest Alberta students not learn about residential schools before Grade 4

Documents suggest children younger than Grade 4 are too emotionally vulnerable to learn about residential schools

Most Read