The Globe and Mail - August 15th
The algae, which is toxic when blooming, typically in late July or August when the water warms up, has prompted health authorities to issue warnings against swimming at the lake, south of Edmonton. Similar warnings have been issued in three of the past four years. ”The Saskatchewan government issued a similar warning against swimming or drinking water where the blooms are present last week. Swimming in algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea. The algae also consume oxygen in the water, which fish need to survive.David Schindler, a leading freshwater scientist at the University of Alberta, says provinces that lack suitable controls on lakefront development will continue to suffer from blue-green algae outbreaks, even if they employ costly algae control methods....click here to read more.