Monday, July 22, 2024

Another Greater Victoria lake has been rendered unsafe due to blue-green algae


It seems to be a common theme on southern Vancouver Island.

The Capital Regional District has added Thetis Lake to the list of lakes unfit for use due to blue-green algae blooms.

On July 8th, an advisory for Elk Lake and Beaver Lake was expanded to include Thetis Lake.

The advisory warns swimmers and dog owners to avoid contact with blue-green algae and to keep animals on a leash to prevent them from drinking or swimming in the lake until the advisory is lifted.

Blue-green algae produce a visible blue-green sheen, which can appear on the water’s surface as a scum; however, some blooms are harder to see than others.

“These algae are known toxin producers. Ingesting water containing these cyanotoxins may cause a range of symptoms, including headaches and abdominal pain in humans, and can lead to lethal liver damage in dogs,” said the CRD in their public alert.

“Blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time.”

In addition to this latest blue-green algae bloom advisory, the CRD still has an active alert for two areas at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park due to algae blooms.

With the weather scorching, many are heading to the lakes to cool down, but if you’re looking for an alternate solution, we have created a list of water parks around Greater Victoria to beat the heat!

Victoria Buzz Staff
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