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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sue Davis, Senior Environmental Health Specialist, 360- 867- 2643
Art Starry, Environmental Health Director, 360-867-2587

Toxic Blue Green Algae Advisory Issued for Lake Saint Clair.

OLYMPIA - A toxic blue-green algae health advisory for Lake Saint Clair, located near Yelm Highway and State Route 510, is being issued by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department. People who live or recreate on Lake Saint Clair are advised to avoid contact with the lake water in areas where the algae scum is concentrated on the lake surface. People should keep children out of the water; prevent pets and livestock from drinking lake water; and rinse fish well and discard the guts.

A sample taken last week contained levels of the algae toxin, microcystin, at a concentration above the recreational guidance value established by the Washington State Department of Health.

The health advisory and additional information about toxic algae blooms are available online atwww.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/blue_green_algae.html.Advisory signs have been posted at the public boat launch. The health department will monitor the lake weekly until the algae bloom is over.

Toxic algae advisories are also in effect for three other Thurston County lakes, Black, Long and Pattison.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3