Government of New Brunswick

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.