The provincial environment ministry is awaiting lab test results on suspected blue-green algae from Remi Lake, north of Moonbeam.

The bloom was reported to the ministry last Wednesday, July 3rd, and samples were taken the next day.

Blue-green algae can form when the water temperature and weather conditions are right for it, and when the water has enough nitrogen and phosphorus in it.

It then forms toxins that the Porcupine Health Unit says can be harmful to people and animals, causing skin irritation, vomiting nausea and abdominal pain.

If the samples come back positive — and in the meantime — the health unit advises against swimming in Remi Lake, using the water for any purpose,  and eating fish from the lake.

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