The CRD lifted the blue-green algae advisory ​Thursday for Elk Lake, located in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

The CRD lifted the blue-green algae advisory ​Thursday for Elk Lake, located in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

No more scum at Elk Lake: CRD

Pets are free to roam once again at Elk Lake after toxic algae advisory lifted

Pets are free to roam once again at Elk Lake as the Capital Regional District gives the all-clear for toxic algae.

After months of being in place, the blue-green algae advisory was lifted Thursday by ​the CRD for Elk Lake, located in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.

Recent samples collected at the beach indicated a “below detection limit” result for cyanotoxins. The extended absence of blue-green scum combined with test results are good indicators that the bloom is over, according to the CRD.

RELATED: Dog owners warned that Elk Lake tests positive for toxic algae

Park users are reminded to watch for the distinctive blue-green sheen that can appear on the lake surface as the algae blooms are unpredictable and may occur at any time.

These blue-green algae are known toxin producers and ingesting water containing the algae may cause a range of symptoms, including headaches and abdominal pain in humans, and can lead to lethal liver damage in dogs.

Visit www.crd.bc.ca/alerts for updates on the status of the algae bloom.


 

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