Toxic Algae  Shows Up On Lake Ontario Shoreline in Niagara

Preliminary Tests Indicate The Presence Of Toxins From Blue-Green Algae At Charles Daley Park Beach In Lincoln, Niagara

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government in Niagara, Ontario

Posted July 2nd, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Niagara Region Public Health is advising the public of the likely presence of blue-green algae in the beach area at Charles Daley Park in Lincoln. Preliminary laboratory test results were received on July 2 from the Niagara Region Public Works Environmental Centre indicating the presence of toxin produced by blue-green algae.

This photo shows toxic algae swamping up on shorelines in other regions of our Great Lakes, and was not takey at the Lincoln, Niagara shoreline site. Question is, where is this coming from and what are the sources?

The beach has been closed at this time for the safety of beachgoers. Final laboratory results are expected in the coming days.Blue-green algae was first observed in the pond draining into to the beach on June 29 by Public Health’s staff conducting routine beach water testing as part of Public Health’s daily work to ensure and report on the safety of beaches to Niagara residents and visitors.

Public Health immediately notified the Town of Lincoln and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). The beach area was closed to public access and samples were taken to confirm the presence or absence of blue-green algae and/or other toxins impacting the beach.

As seen here, this toxic algae has been killing fish in Lake Erie in recent years – a lake that has been plagued with it. Is Lake Ontario next?

Blue-green algae are microscopic, plant-like organisms that occur naturally in ponds, rivers, lakes and streams, and although often blue-green in colour, the algae can also be olive-green or red. Residents are advised to be cautious around blue-green algae as some can produce toxins which may be harmful to humans who drink, fish or bathe in the water.

Should a blue-green algal bloom occur, people can protect themselves and their pets by not swimming or playing in areas where water is discoloured or where foam, scum or mats of algae on the water’s surface are present. Children or pets should not play in or drink water in areas where a beach advisory posted.

Consuming fish from areas where mats of algae are present or where a swimming advisory is posted is also not advisable.

In order to determine if the beach can safely be re-opened, ongoing testing is taking place. When the beach is safe to re-open, the status will be updated onPublic Health’s beach water testing webpage <https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/default.aspx>.

For more information about blue-green algae or Niagara’s beach water testing program visit Niagararegion.ca/water <https://niagararegion.ca/living/water/default.aspx?redirect=1>.

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