July 11th, 2018 by

Warning signs about blue algae

A major signage program has been launched on Quinte area waterways to help members of the public avoid the dangers of blue-green algae.

On the local waterways this summer, you may come across some new warning signs about this algae.

Senior health inspector with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Andrew Landy says blooms of the algae may release toxins which can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, throat and lungs.

If enough toxins are ingested, neurological symptoms and liver problems are possible.

Landy says it’s difficult to tell from other algae.

BLUE GREEN ALGAE

The new signs are a joint effort of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and public health.