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HRM lifts risk advisory for Lake Banook and Lake Micmac

Recent test results indicate that toxin levels are within safe limits and municipal staff have not observed algae blooms in either lake lately
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A lake on a calm morning. (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

NEWS RELEASE
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
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The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents the risk advisory for Lake Banook and Lake Micmac has been lifted.

Recent test results, which were received this week, indicate that toxin levels are within safe limits and municipal staff have not observed algae blooms in either lake since the end of August.

Risk advisories are based on a number of factors, including test results, information regarding the current life-cycle phase of algae blooms, as well as visual confirmation by municipal staff of the presence of algae blooms.

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is naturally occurring in freshwater environments and may become visible when weather conditions are calm. These organisms can multiply rapidly during the summer, leading to extensive growth called a bloom. Some types of algae produce toxins during blooms and when these blooms decay, the toxins may be released into the water, posing a risk to people and pets. To learn more about algae blooms, visit https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/energy-environment/harmful-algae-blooms.

As a reminder, supervised swimming (lifeguards on site) at municipal beaches has ended for the season as of Aug. 31. Know your swimming limitations if you choose to swim in unsupervised bodies of water. Always swim with a buddy in supervised areas and adults should never leave children unsupervised in the water.

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