Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District advises that the blue-green algae advisory is now lifted at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Samples collected at Beaver and Eagle Beaches indicated a “below detection limit” result for cyanotoxins (microcystin). The extended absence of blue-green scum combined with test results are good indicators that the bloom is over.
Blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time, although blooms most typically occur over the winter months from November to March. These blue-green algae are known toxin producers. Ingesting water containing the blue-green algae may cause a range of symptoms, including headaches and abdominal pain in humans, and can lead to lethal liver damage in dogs.
Park users are reminded to watch for the distinctive blue-green sheen that can appear on the lake surface during the winter and spring. However, not all blooms are easy to see and toxins can still be present in the water even when blue-green algae blooms do not appear visible.
Report any sightings to CRD Regional Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-478-3344. Please visit www.crd.bc.ca/parks and Twitter @crd_bc for updates.
The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
For further information please contact:
Britt-Marie Phaneuf, Supervisor,
Communications, Environmental Partnerships