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Residents and visitors warned of algae bloom in Lake Country

The District of Lake Country and Interior Health are warning residents and visitors to stay away from algae blooms spotted on Wood Lake.
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The District of Lake Country and Interior Health are warning residents and visitors to stay away from algae blooms spotted on Wood Lake.

"Cautionary signs have been posted around Wood Lake due to visible algae blooms," according to the district's announcement today, June 17.

"The District of Lake Country, Regional District of Central Okanagan and Interior Health are monitoring Wood Lake for potentially harmful algae. Interior Health is recommending people avoid contact with algae blooms in Wood Lake."

READ MORE: Wildfires mean Okanagan Lake could see algae blooms this summer

Algal blooms are naturally occurring throughout B.C. and may vary in colour from blue, green, brown, yellow, orange to red and appear like foam, scum, mats on the surface or soup.

Some algal blooms may also smell unpleasant and some produce harmful toxins.

Algae blooms also form more easily in shallower water and in water with more nutrients.

For more information about algae blooms go here.


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