CRD warns of blue-green algae bloom at Wrigglesworth Lake

CRD warns of blue-green algae bloom at Wrigglesworth Lake

If you’re thinking about going swimming at Wrigglesworth Lake, the Capital Regional District wants you to reconsider.

The CRD has issued an advisory warning people of blue-green algae blooms in Wrigglesworth Lake, which is located at Wrigglesworth Lake Regional Park — adjacent to Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park.

As a result, the CRD is urging people and their pets to avoid entering or swimming in the water until further notice.

“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. Blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time,” the Capital Regional District said in a statement on its website.

Ingesting water containing these toxins can cause various symptoms, including headaches and abdominal pain in humans and lethal liver damage in dogs.

The CRD has also issued an algae blooms advisory for Prior Lake at Thetis Lake Regional Park.

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