How would you feel if the Simcoe and Muskoka Health Authority declared Clear
Lake unsafe? What would you do if you couldn't swim in Clear Lake? What would
you do if you couldn't drink the water from Clear Lake? Impossible you say?
Well think again! That is exactly what happened to Three Mile Lake.
Why you may ask? It's because the cottagers failed to protect their lake
environment. They didn't know or didn't care. They used soaps and dish washing
products that contained phosphorous. They used fertilizers to make their lawns
look pretty. They stripped the shore line of vegetation. They took their lake
for granted. Well, we need to learn from their mistakes and take the necessary
steps to ensure that Clear Lake doesn't end up like Three Mile Lake on the
front page of the newspaper with a headline that reads "Clear Lake in Torrance
Don't believe that it can happen to us. Read these articles on what had happened
to others and then think about what it would mean to you personally if it
happened to Clear Lake.
What are cyanobacteria?
Cyanobacteria is the scientific name for blue-green algae, or "pond scum." The
first known species were blue-green in colour, which is how the algae got their
name. The bacteria can range in colour from olive-green to red.
Blue-green algae are bacteria that grow in shallow, warm, slow moving or still
water such as fresh water lakes, ponds and wetlands. When blue-green algae
becomes abundant, they can form blooms that discolour the water or produce
floating scums on the surface of the water. These blooms are likely to occur
more often in warmer months.
Friends of the Muskoka Watershed
Join Friends of the Muskoka Watershed for just $25 a year and help support the projects and programs of the Muskoka Watershed
Council. In addition to supporting watershed health, members receive discounts on FMW and MWC organized events, including
the Muskoka Stewardship Conference and the Muskoka Summit on the Environment. Learn more about FMW and how you can become a
member at www.muskokawatershed.org.