Boyd Bay Added to Algae Bloom List in Muskoka
You can add Boyd Bay on Lake Muskoka as an area affected by blue-green algae.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) released the news that the popular swimming and boating area is one of a number area Lakes getting hit with the toxic bloom that will irritate skin, eyes and make you sick if you drink it.
Compounding the issue is the migration of algae due to wind and currents, but the resultant toxins remain in what appear to be clear areas.
It is important to note the Toxins are not removed through boiling and officials stress the water should not be used in making infant formula.
The (SMDHU) discovered what was suspected to be blue-green algae bloom in early August on Three Mile Lake near Windermere. The Ministry of Environment has confirmed the bloom is spreading the blue-green algae toxins.
The bacteria are also showing up in a water test for the Clark Falls area on Lake Rosseau.
SMDHU and the MECP will continue to monitor the lakes and updates will be posted on the health unit’s website at www.smdhu.org/algae.