The Capital Regional District (CRD) has issued an advisory for Beaver Lake, located in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park due to a blue-green algae bloom.
At this time, the advisory does not include Elk Lake. However, the CRD says the blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time.
Blue-green algae can produce cyanotoxins. The algae usually produce a visible blue-green sheen, which appears as surface scum on the water. Not all blooms are easy to see and toxins can still be present in the water even if you cannot see a bloom.
Ingesting water containing these cyanotoxins may cause a range of symptoms, including headaches and abdominal pain in humans, and can lead to lethal liver damage in dogs.
Visitors are advised to avoid swimming in the lake and to keep animals on a leash to prevent them from drinking or swimming in the lake until the advisory has been lifted.
Visit www.crd.bc.ca/alerts for updates on the status of this algae bloom.