Posted by: Vicki Burns | August 10, 2016

Saving our Lakes, Decreasing the Blue-Green Algae Threat

On Thursday August 25, 2016 at 7 pm I am giving a presentation at the McNally Robinson classroom (Winnipeg) on Saving Our Lakes, Decreasing the Blue-Green Algae Threat. Every summer Lake Winnipeg and many other rivers and lakes across North America are being plagued by blooms of blue-green algae, some of which contain dangerous toxins. These algae blooms are causing swimming, fishing and boating advisories that hinder our precious lake time, even threatening drinking water safety in some instances. However the good news is that we can make changes that will decrease this threat and increase the probability of our grandchildren having safe, swimmable, fishable water in our lakes.

image of 3 children splashing in water

Kids playing in safe, clean water

I am offering the presentation at McNally’s because over the past few years I have noticed, in many conversations with different people, that there is not a good general understanding of what is causing the occurrence of these algal blooms. So my goal has been to try to increase that knowledge base by offering public presentations using language geared to the general public. My hope is that the more people understand about what is causing the increased and sometimes toxic algal blooms, the greater the possibility that we can initiate action to decrease the problem.
If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about what we can do to decrease this problem, please consider joining me on August 25. Registration can be done online at


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