Blue-Green Algae Advisory Issued for Cochrane Lake
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Alberta Health Services has issued a blue-green algae bloom advisory for Cochrane Lake. Residents living near the shores of this lake, as well as visitors to this lake, are advised 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 (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 fillets from this lake).
Visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any recreational body of water, including Cochrane Lake, at any time. Boiling of this water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae. An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock, while this advisory is active.
Areas of Cochrane Lake in which the blue-green algae bloom is NOT visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while this blue-green algae health advisory is in place.
More information about this advisory is available from Alberta Health Services.
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