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Algal growth in Four Springs Lake
« on: April 01, 2016, 10:02:10 AM »
Algal growth in Four Springs Lake

Prior to Easter IFS received a report from an angler regarding the increasing presence of algae at Four Springs Lake.  Significant algal growth could be seen along the shoreline with the densest growth in the south west basin.

Our North West Fisheries Inspector visited the lake and took water samples for testing.  Early results suggest the growth consist of two types of algae; green algae from the Volvox group and blue green algae.

Green algae does not usually present a risk to human health; however blue green algae may be toxic if in the right form.  The early results suggest that this is not the case but you should avoid drinking or have direct contact with the water.

Any fish captured are safe for consumption.

We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks but the situation should clear once we have shorter days and the weather becomes more unstable.
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