Blue-green algae shows up in Gull Lake
Summer beach-goers have one less lake they can go to in Central Alberta.
Gull Lake is the latest body of water in Central Alberta to have a blue-green algae advisory.
Alberta Health Services issued the toxic water advisory on Wednesday.
Residents living near the shores of this lake, as well as visitors, are advised to not drink the water, not swim or wade or allow pets to swim or wade, avoid contact with algae on the shoreline and not allow pets to consume fish or fish trimmings from this lake.
Boiling algae-contaminated water does not remove the toxins, provide an alternative water source for pets and livestock.
People may wish to limit their consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake as it is known that fish may store toxins in their liver. People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake.
Blue-green algae produces a toxin that can cause serious illness to animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with water containing the toxin.
Although weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another, the toxin can stay in the water even after algae have moved or disappeared.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.