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Blue-green algae in water

Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae are bacteria, but have features in common with algae. Although often blue-green, the algae can range in colour from olive-green to red. Blue-green algae are a natural part of our environment, but contact should be avoided, as some blooms (a large mass or scum in the water) may release toxins. The following notice is posted at some of the area’s public boat launches and marinas.

If observed:

  • Avoid skin contact
  • Do not ingest
  • Keep pets/livestock away
  • Do not eat internal organs of fish caught when blooms are visible or suspected
  • Do not drink, cook or shower with water experiencing an active bloom. Toxins are not removed by boiling. Contact a qualified water treatment specialist.

To report an active bloom call: 1-800-268-6060, TTY: 1-855-889-5775

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

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