Possible toxic algae bloom in Grippen Lake

LYNDHURST – People around Grippen Lake, southwest of Lyndhurst, are being told to be careful after a suspected blue-green algae bloom was spotted.

The Town of Leeds and the Thousand Islands sent out a notice Friday saying the bloom “which looks like blue-green algae” was seen in the lake.

Tests have been sent to the Ministry of Environment to confirm what sort of algae bloom it is and the township says the health unit will send out more information.

In the meantime, Leeds-Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is cautioning people about how they use the water, whether it be for recreation or drinking.

The toxins in blue-green algae can cause skin irritation, vomiting and nausea, and liver problems.

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