Natural Phenomena

Nested Applications


Incidences that are not considered spills but are otherwise notable can include naturally occurring phenomena such as algae, tree pollen, and fish kills.  These incidents are usually natural in origin however, if some cases, may be as a result of a larger environmental issue.  Residents who observe these conditions can be of assistance to regulatory agencies and City staff by reporting such incidences for further evaluation. 

Contact numbers that may be helpful include:

  • Ontario's Ministry of Environment – Kingston office 613-549-4000
  • KFLA Health Unit 613-549-1232 or toll free 1-800-267-7875 
  • City of Kingston - Environment & Sustainable Initiatives Department 613-546-4291, ext. 1272. 

Blue-green algae

During different times of the year, residents may notice a naturally occurring phenomena commonly referred to as blue-green algae on local water bodies. 

Blue-green algae is a toxic bacteria called Cyanobacteria.  Citizens are advised to avoid using or drinking water that contains blue-green algae as it is potentially harmful to both people and pets.  Please note that the Health Unit advises that residents do not attempt to boil or treat water contaminated with blue-green algae as it can increase the toxicity of the bacteria. 

For more information on blue-green algae please contact the Kingston, Lennox & Addington Health Unit at 613-549-1232 or toll free at 1-800-267-7875