Although the Bell Park Main beach has tested positive for blue-green algae, the Sudbury and District Health Unit has made the recommendation that, if blooms are not visible, water can be used for recreational activities.
Advisory signs will remain posted for the season because blue-green algae blooms can come and go.
During work hours, city staff will monitor beaches. If they do not see a bloom present, they will keep the beach open. If a bloom is present, staff will close the beach until the bloom has passed. When the beach is closed, barricades will be placed around the swimming area notifying the residents the beach is not safe for swimming.
Because blue-green algal blooms are not anchored, they may move from one part of the lake to another through wind and water action. All users of the lake should be vigilant for blooms in their area and report them to the Health Unit. If a bloom is visible, the Health Unit is asking the public to avoid swimming, drinking the water, and allowing pets into the water. If no bloom is present, water can be used for regular recreational activities.
The city is working with the Sudbury and District Health Unit, the Nickel District Conservation Authority and the Ministry of the Environment and continues to monitor the situation.
For more information about blue-green algae, call the Sudbury and District Health Unit at 705-522-9200, ext. 464 or visit www.sdhu.com. Additional information is also available on the Ministry of the Environment's websites at www.ene.gov.on.ca.
Posted by Arron Pickard