It took over the water last summer. This year, not so much.
Blue-green algae is more of a rare sight for those looking for water getaways in Alberta.
Around this time last year, over 15 lakes and ponds were reportedly infected. Currently, only six lakes have blue-green algae advisories (Moose Lake, Murray Lake, Alix Lake, Stoney Lake, Vincent Lake and Isle Lake).
"It's unpredictable. When you compare it's statistically less," said Shobhit Maruti, medical officer of health at Alberta Health Services. "It could be in the next month we could get more or none at all, so waiting till the season is done to officially say if we'll see more or less."
Astotin Lake at Elk Island National Park is one of the cyanobacteria-free bodies of water in the area.
"This is the time for it to form because it's warm outside," added Maruti. "The best time to compare year to year totals is in the mid-fall."
A full list of blue-green algae advisories can be found here.

More Local News

Sherwood Heights replacement school tops EIPS priority list

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has identified its highest capital priorities moving forward.

Double-digit temperatures not sticking around for long

That spring-like weather is soon to leave.

Road weight bans in effect in Lamont County

Lamont County's seasonal road bans are now in effect.

Update: RCMP find missing teen

Morinville RCMP have found a missing teen.

Pedway trail over Highway 15 closed

Some Fort Sask trails are experiencing flooding.

Mother daughter duo sees success at Grammy Awards

They may not have attended the event, but Fort Sask's Kerry and Mercedes McKinlay still made their mark at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Murder suspect still on the loose, police charge two more with first degree murder

Police have now charged seven people in relation to the murder of Aldane Mesquita.

Strathcona County unveils new transit plan

Strathcona County is looking to make improvements to its transit service.

Find Your Family Story connects generations with their past

A group in Sherwood Park recently worked to connect people with their past.

Bruderheim's new park a community-wide project

Bruderheim is receiving a lot of financial support for their new community park. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide