July 17, 2020
Small blue-green algae bloom confirmed in Ten Mile Bay

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed a small blue-green algae bloom in a shallow bay on the eastern end of Ten Mile Bay, Lake of Bays. Water sampling has been conducted to determine if toxins are present, but the results have not yet been received. In the meantime, the SMDHU is cautioning residents and businesses not to drink water from the lake where blue-green algae is visible and to take the following precautions:

  • Do not use the lake water for the preparation of infant formula.
  • Do not allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible.
  • Be cautious about eating fish caught in water where blue-green algae blooms occur.
  • Do not boil water or use herbicides, copper sulphate or other algaecides as this may break open algae cells and release toxins into the water.
  • Avoid swimming and other water sport activities where an algae bloom is visible.

DOWNLOAD > the SMDHU notice
READ > learn more about blue-green algae and what to do if you suspect a bloom

The Lake of Bays Association Environment Chair Caroline Konarzewski and Safety Chair Pat Birnie are, and will continue to, collect information about this bloom and consult with experts, however we encourage residents in the area to monitor the SMDHU and Township of Lake of Bays websites for the most up-to-date information.

We would like to note that this bloom was reported on the website today. The image associated with the story was NOT a picture of the bloom in Ten Mile Bay, but a stock image of a much larger bloom.
2020 Lake of Bays Association Virtual AGM--Success!

The Association held our AGM on Wednesday July 8 by Zoom, hosted by the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations. Over 40 members and guests attended and there was an opportunity for member Q&A. If you missed the meeting, you can watch the webinar here (this link will be live for 60 days). You will not see the polling results in the recording, but note that all business conducted was approved.

Thank you to everyone who participated and to FOCA for facilitating the meeting.
Last week, we sent you a Newsflash about safe boating. Since then, we've heard from more of you regarding safety and noise concerns. Here's a reminder about how to report unsafe boating to the OPP and some helpful links. LOBA is exploring ways to get the "safe boating " message out to a wider audience.

To report unsafe boating to the OPP
Call 1-888-310-1122
or Dial
*OPP (*677) on your cell phone
Make sure you have the facts available when you call
Click here to see the information the OPP needs

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