The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and the North Bay & Parry Sound District Health Unit have announced that results from samples taken July 15, 2022, from the Northwest Bay of Lake Nipissing in Lavigne are positive for blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). The samples contained a species of cyanobacteria that can produce toxins
Residents and visitors in the area may be affected depending on their closeness to the algae bloom, wind direction, water flow, and other environmental conditions. Users are advised to exercise their judgment before using the water.
For further details on the sampling process and location, 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 is visible, please take the following precautions:
Do not use the water – this includes drinking, cooking, bathing, and brushing teeth. Note: Using a private water system or boiling the water will not destroy the toxins.
Exercise caution with respect to eating fish caught in water where blue-green algal blooms occur. Some toxins can build up in fish and shellfish. Do not eat the liver, kidneys, and other organs. Be careful not to cut the organs when filleting.
If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water, then rinse thoroughly with clean water algae.