CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – With blue-green algae in Charlie Lake, Northern Health and the Ministry of Environment say there isn’t anything that they can do.
Madhu Nair with Northern Health says there is the potential for toxins, but they don’t know if there is any because they have not tested the algae.
He also says to his knowledge, this is the first time Northern Health has been warned about the algae.
He says there are many symptoms from coming in contact with the water or drinking it.
“You can get Headaches, nausea, sore throat, dizziness,, vomiting, ulcers, blistering of the lips. If you swim in the water you can get irritated ears and eyes, and rashes as well.”
When asked if anything would be done about the algae, Nair said that they won’t be doing anything to control the situation.
“It’s a natural phenomenon, nature will take care of itself, there is no plan to remedy it. So as of now nature will take care of it.”
Nair pointed out that the Ministry of Environment could do something about the algae.
But when the Ministry of Environment was contacted, they said they will not be doing any type of clean up or removal to clean the lake.