We can all play a key role in the prevention of algae blooms in lakes through helping to keep excess nutrients from entering the water. This can be done by:
- Not removing shoreline vegetation and promoting the growth of natural plant species;
- Not using fertilizers or herbicides, especially near water;
- Ensuring your septic tank and field are well maintained and located far from the shore; and
- Using only phosphate-free household and personal cleaning products.
When a bloom occurs, the source of nutrients should be targeted instead of considering short-term fixes, such as using chemicals to kill off algae that can result in further impacts on the health of the lake.
For more ways to promote a healthy aquatic system in your area please see the Green Home and Cottage brochure (pdf).
We all have a responsibility to keep our environment safe and clean.