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Heat wave may have left a toxic legacy

The heat wave from earlier this month could pose a lingering and deadly danger to your children, livestock, or pets — blue-green algae. The algae contains several types of toxins, which can cause organ damage; affect the nervous and respiratory systems; cause paralysis; and, in extreme cases, can kill. While people are not likely to […] Read more

Toxins produced by blue-green algae can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by livestock or pets.

Algae could put dugout water safety at risk

An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) water specialist has a warning about the dangers of blue-green algae. “Blue-green algae is actually cyanobacteria, and can produce toxins that can be very dangerous,” says Shawn Elgert, agricultural water engineer, Barrhead. Elgert says the first and most important step is to identify the type of growth. “Blue-green algae […] Read more


Toxins produced by blue-green algae can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by livestock or pets.

There can be a deadly danger in your dugout

Toxins from blue-green algae can be fatal if ingested by livestock, but you can reduce the risk

It’s the time of year to keep watch for blue-green algae. “Blue-green algae is actually cyanobacteria, and can produce toxins that can be very dangerous,” said Shawn Elgert, a provincial agricultural water engineer. “It can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by livestock or pets. If you are trying to determine the cause […] Read more

If you suspect blue-green algae is in a water body, don’t swim in it, 
allow livestock near it, or use the water on your garden.

Don’t take chances with blue-green algae

Cyanobacteria can produce toxins that can cause organ damage or even death

An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry agricultural water engineer, has a warning about the dangers of blue-green algae. “Blue-green algae is actually cyanobacteria, and can produce toxins that can be very dangerous,” said Shawn Elgert. “It can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by humans, livestock or pets.” Blue-green algae can often be hard […] Read more