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Cautionary health advisory issued for algae bloom in Shuswap Lake in B.C.

The regional district says the algae bloom is in the Salmon Arm portion of Shuswap Lake (from Steamboat Island to Tappen Bay and Salmon Arm wharf, including Sunnybrae, Canoe Beach and Herald Provincial Park). CSRD

A cautionary health advisory has been issued for a sizeable algae bloom in Shuswap Lake in B.C.’s Southern Interior.

On Wednesday, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) says it, B.C. Parks, the First Nations Health Authority, Interior Health and the City of Salmon Arm were monitoring the algae bloom.

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The CSRD says the algae bloom is in the Salmon Arm portion of Shuswap Lake (from Steamboat Island to Tappen Bay and Salmon Arm wharf, including Sunnybrae, Canoe Beach and Herald Provincial Park).

According to the regional district, Interior Health is advising residents and visitors to avoid direct contact with the algae bloom. But if contact is made, rinse off with clean water.

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The CSRD also said recreational activities, such as swimming, are discouraged, in areas where the bloom is present.

The following are safety precautions are also recommended:

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  • Do not consume drinking water directly from the lake
  • If your water source is from the Salmon Arm portion of Shuswap Lake, consider using an alternate source for drinking water
  • Consider providing pets and livestock with an alternate source of drinking water
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Interior Health’s listings for algae bloom advisories can be found on their website.

More information about algae blooms can also be found on Interior Health’s website or HealthLinkBC’s website.

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