The Capital Regional District (CRD) lifted a blue-green algae bloom advisory for Elk/Beaver Lake on Thursday.
RESOLVED: Blue-Green Algae Bloom at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park – As of Jan 2, the advisory has been lifted at Beaver Lake. However, blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time. https://t.co/STxSh6FSGV #crdalert
— CRD (@crd_bc) January 2, 2020
The advisory was originally issued on Dec. 12, 2019. According to the CRD, water samples collected at the lake showed cyanotoxin levels were below the detection limit. On the CRD’s website, it states “the extended absence of blue-green scum combined with test results are good indicators that the bloom is over”.
The CRD warns locals who use the park that blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable and they should still look out for the distinctive blue-green sheen that can appear on the lake surface at any time.
The CRD also says that ingesting water with blue-green algae in it can cause symptoms including headaches and abdominal pain in humans, and can lead to lethal liver damage in dogs.
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