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Blue green algae discovered in Lancaster Canal
POTENTIALLY-HARMFUL blue-green algae has appeared on a second stretch of water in South Lakeland.
The Environment Agency said there is evidence of the blooms in the Lancaster Canal near the A65 road bridge.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) was informed and said its presence should be treated with caution.
Human contact with blue green algae blooms can result in skin rashes and illness if affected water is swallowed.
Farmers and pet owners are also urged to be on their guard as the substance can be fatal for animals.
SLDC’s environmental health team leader, Tracy Howard, said: “Blue Green Algae can potentially make people feel quite ill if swallowed or even by just swimming in it.
“We just want people to be aware of the affects and are asking people to be extra careful and vigilant when using the lakes and rivers for recreational purposes during the summer months.
“The public should observe any notices near affected areas and avoid contact or drinking the water.”
The blooms can be a variety of colours including discoloured green, blue-green, greenish brown, or reddish brown.
Last month, the council issued a warning after the algae was spotted in Killington Lake.
The blooms are usually common during June and November, however, they have appeared earlier than usual following warmer than normal temperatures.