Advisory for Ottawa - Rideau Canal, Ontario
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Ottawa - Rideau Canal
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has advised Ottawa Public Health (OPH) that water samples
taken from the Rideau Canal were positive for blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
The samples were collected on September 6, 2016 from water above the locks near the Ottawa River
and contained a species of cyanobacteria that is known to produce toxins.
OPH is recommending residents take the following precautions in and around the Rideau Canal waters:
;Do not eat fish caught in the Rideau Canal.
Toxins can build up in fish and eating it may cause illness.
It is recommended that you avoid eating fish from these waters during the algal bloom
and for two weeks after the bloom has dissipated
Do not allow pets to drink or swim in the water as they may become sick.
Do not use the water for swimming, bathing or other recreational uses
that result in skin contact or accidental swallowing of water.