Water scientists are keeping a close eye on Georgian Bay as there have been blue-green-algal blooms this summer on three lakes in Muskoka and more in the North Bay region.
So far, none have been reported in the Severn Sound area, said Aisha Chiandet, water scientist with the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA).
“It’s a very spotty problem,” she said.
Blue green algae are present in the water normally but blooms are triggered by still water, warm water and run-off from human settlement areas and agriculture. Only testing can reveal if the bloom is toxic.
This summer, extensive heat advisories have caused waters everywhere to heat up, although Chiandet cautioned that the 2018 data is not yet complete.
In the past they…