A close up image of an algae bloom in Shuswap Lake near Ashby Point taken in April 2020. (Interior Health photo)

Shuswap Lake algae bloom being monitored, not considered harmful

Dangerous toxins not found in June 30 water quality test

An algae bloom detected in a popular part of Shuswap Lake is not believed to be a risk to people, pets or livestock.

The bloom was spotted in the Canoe and Salmon Arm Bay areas in recent weeks and authorities are monitoring it.

According to the Shuswap Watershed Council it is not considered harmful at this time.

Although some types of algae, such as the blue-green variety, can produce harmful toxins, the council has stated water quality testing done on June 30 did not show significant levels of toxins. The council added that if water quality is compromised, it is Interior Health’s responsibility to post a notice about it which would then be shared by other organizations.

Read More: UPDATE: Highway 1 open to single-lane traffic west of Revelstoke due to flooding

Read More: Driver ticketed and hospitalized after highway crash near Sicamous

According to a HealthLink BC document, blue-green algae blooms are natural and found in all kinds of bodies of water but in some cases human activities like agriculture and poorly-functioning septic systems can make blooms more likely. The algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can be harmful to people, pets or livestock that are exposed when they drink or swim in the affected water. Boiling water does not remove the cyanobacteria toxins and special care should be taken to ensure babies are not exposed.

Symptoms of exposure include skin rashes and irritation. According to HealthLink BC, those exposed to contaminated water should rinse themselves with clean water as soon as possible even if symptoms don’t present themselves. Those with symptoms should seek medical attention.

Read More: VIDEO: B.C. vet starts petition to ban the online sale of animals

Read More: Letter: Grateful for Shuswap’s search and rescue volunteers



jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Drinking water

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kelowna Mountie hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 months for alleged assault

Const. Julius Prommer is accused of breaking a woman’s knee during while responding to a noise complaint

One Peak Creative has made a catapult which allows children to receive candy in a socially distanced fashion. (Onepeakcreative - Instagram)
Kelowna production company creates Halloween catapult

One Peak Creative promoted the product by making a reality TV style video

Image: Dave Ogilvie.
Man with leg injury rescued from West Kelowna trail

The incident happened in the Glenrosa area

Man experiencing homelessness lying on the bench. (File photo)
CMHA opens fourth supportive housing in Kelowna

Ellis Place will open on the first week of November

An artist’s rendering of the proposed development that would replace the Hiawatha RV Park in Kelowna. (Contributed)
Eviction notice leaves Kelowna trailer park resident fearing homelessness

44 mobile home units at Hiawatha RV Park were served an eviction notice yesterday, making room for new development

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

Vince Schnabl looks at the view this October from the Gorge, west of Revelstoke. (Photo by Jon Wichett)
There’s 3 times more snow near Revelstoke than usual

According to 54 years of data from Parks Canada for Glacier National Park

A deer was spotted in October 2020 in Prince Rupert, B.C., with a bright pink yoga ball stuck in its antlers. (Kayla Vickers/Chronicles Of Hammy The Deer Official Page)
Hammy 2.0? Prince Rupert deer spotted with bright pink yoga ball stuck in antlers

The BC Conservation Officer Service is aware of the deer roaming around the city

Bear sightings have been reported in a residential area in Summerland in late October. The Conservation Officer Service is urging people to take measures so bears are not drawn to the area (Black Press file photo)
Bear sightings reported from Summerland neighbourhood

Conservation Officer Service urges people not to leave garbage outside

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Hirdeypal Batth, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement in relation to an incident in August 2020. (VPD handout)
Man, 24, charged with sex assault after allegedly posing as fake Uber driver in Vancouver

Investigators believe there could be more victims outside of the Vancouver area

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Melissa Leveque claims that on June 2, 2020 she spilled hot tea on her lap due to negligence on the part of staff at Penticton’s Riverside Starbucks drive-thru. (Google maps photo)
Woman sues Starbucks over hot tea spill at Penticton drive-thru

Melissa Leveque claims she suffered second degree burns, seeking $35,000

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrive for annual Cascadia conference in Vancouver, Oct. 10, 2018. They have agreed to coordinate the permanent switch to daylight saving time. (B.C. government)
B.C. still awaiting U.S. approval to eliminate daylight saving time

Clocks going back one hour Nov. 1 in Washington too

Most Read