City of Salmon Arm

UPDATE: Testing confirms algae growth not toxic

Update: Thursday, April 9, 7:45 PM

Laboratory tests on samples of algae taken from a bloom on Shuswap Lake show that the substance in the water is not toxic to people or pets. 

As a result, Interior Health has lifted the health warning put in place earlier in the day.

It was initially suspected that the bloom was Cyanobacteria (commonly known as blue-green algae)​ which can be poisonous if swallowed by people, pets or livestock.

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