For the first time this summer, the Renfrew County District Health Unit may have found a blue-green algae bloom.
The potentially toxic substance was found on the shores of Muskrat Lake near Cobden. The health unit is currently working with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to determine if the bloom is harmful. The Ontario Clean Water Agency is regularly testing samples at the Cobden Water Treatment Plant to make sure the water is safe to consume.
The health unit is warning that people using the water at Muskrat Lake avoid direct contact with the algae bloom and not use the water around it for any reason. Pets, children and livestock should be kept away, and regular filters will not protect people from the toxins in the algae.