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Tests of water samples indicate presence of blue-green algae in Scugog's Kinsmen Beach area

WHITBY, ON July 26, 2017 - “Blue-green algae are microscopic, plant-like organisms that occur naturally in ponds, rivers, lakes and streams, and although often blue-green in colour, the algae can also be olive-green or red,” explained Laura Freeland, Manager, Environmental Health with the Health Department. “Residents are advised to be cautious around blue-green algae as some can produce toxins which may be harmful to humans who drink, fish or bathe in the water.”

People can protect themselves and their pets from blue-green algae blooms by not swimming or playing in areas where water is discoloured or where foam, scum or mats of algae on the water’s surface are present. Children or pets should not play in or drink water in areas where a beach advisory posted. Consuming fish from areas where mats of algae are present or where a swimming advisory is posted is also not advisable.

“The Township of Scugog is working with Durham Region Health Department to ensure that the public is aware of the concerns surrounding the presence of blue-green algae in the Kinsmen Beach area,” said Mayor Tom Rowett. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide more information as results from testing of more water samples become available.”

For more information about blue-green algae or the Health Department’s Beach Monitoring program, please visit, or call the Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613.

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