Blue-Green Algae Alert for Lochaber Lake

The LCDA water quality testing program has detected (confirmed by the St. F. X. biology dept.) some toxin producing blue green algae in Lochaber Lake.  This came to light on August 24th, and Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection have been made aware of the situation.   Personnel from that department who deal with blue green algae will not be available until Monday, August 27th.  Further analysis will be done to determine if the levels observed are high enough to be of concern.  The accompanying fact sheet provides background information on these algae and the toxins that they produce.  If anyone experiences any of the symptoms generally associated with these algae, please report them to  Updated information will be posted on this web site as it becomes available.

In the meantime please use your own judgment as to what use you make of the lake, and please pass this information along to your friends and neighbours on the lake.

Find out more about Blue-Green Algae.

2 Responses to Blue-Green Algae Alert for Lochaber Lake

  1. Conway says:

    This is disappointing to hear. We have a cottage on the dirt road side of west lochaber and have noticed the green sludge on the shore. For some time now we have had concerns about an old outhouse being used next door to us because of it’s location 5 feet from a brook running into the lake. This outhouse is used full time from June-October. When you follow the brook to where it enters into the lake is where this algae is most noticeable. After reading this article about the algae in the lake i believe this is a big concern and more environmental measures need to be taken in regards to outhouse use.

  2. Arleen Fleury says:

    Has there been any more new information on the algae in Lochaber Lake.There has been no update since August 25th.We have a cottage at West Lochiel Lake and are concerned if it will run into there.

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