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Blue-green algae beginning to form in some Saskatchewan lakes

Recent warm weather in Saskatchewan creates ideal conditions for the formation of blue-green algae blooms.
Recent warm weather in Saskatchewan creates ideal conditions for the formation of blue-green algae blooms. Supplied / Government of Saskatchewan

The Water Security Agency (WSA) and the Saskatchewan government are warning about existing blue-green algae blooms across the province, and the potential for more to develop.

Blue-green algae blooms have been reported in some areas around Saskatchewan.

Residents are asked to avoid direct contact and any consumption of any surface where blooms are present.

Blue-green algae bloom happen regularly in Saskatchewan during warm summer temperatures. The algae will form in shallow waters and these blooms can last around three weeks.

The blooms often give the water a shimmering, foamy appearance with blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan in colouration.

The recent warm temperatures may result in quick forming algae blooms.

If you have any health concerns regarding blue-green algae, you are asked to contact your local health region.

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