Pets are free to roam once again at Elk Lake as the Capital Regional District gives the all-clear for toxic algae.
After months of being in place, the blue-green algae advisory was lifted Thursday by the CRD for Elk Lake, located in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.
Recent samples collected at the beach indicated a “below detection limit” result for cyanotoxins. The extended absence of blue-green scum combined with test results are good indicators that the bloom is over, according to the CRD.
RESOLVED: Elk Lake Tests Positive for Toxic Blue-Green Algae – As of March 7, the advisory has been lifted at Elk Lake. However, blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time. https://t.co/XaTIqdwe1X #crdalert
— CRD (@crd_bc) March 7, 2019
Park users are reminded to watch for the distinctive blue-green sheen that can appear on the lake surface as the algae blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time.
These blue-green algae are known toxin producers and ingesting water containing the algae may cause a range of symptoms, including headaches and abdominal pain in humans, and can lead to lethal liver damage in dogs.
Visit www.crd.bc.ca/alerts for updates on the status of the algae bloom.
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