Algae blooms continue to cloud Black Lake and Clear Lake, and health advisories for both lakes remain in effect.
While most people have packed up their swim gear for the season, county health officials remind people that anglers who fish Black Lake and Clear Lake should also use caution until the algae blooms clear. Anglers should clean their catch thoroughly and discard the internal organs to avoid ingesting algae toxins that can build up over time in fish.
Health officials will continue to monitor the lakes until the algae blooms clear.
While not all algae blooms are toxic, some algae can produce toxins that can harm the nervous system, the liver, the skin, and the stomach and intestines. Following these simple tips can help prevent illness from algae:
- Avoid areas of scum when boating and clean your boat thoroughly.
- Clean any fish you catch thoroughly. Before eating, remove the internal organs, which may contain a build-up of harmful algae toxins.
- Avoid swimming, wading, wind surfing and water-skiing in waters where algae blooms are present.
- Don't drink untreated lake water or surface water.
- Keep pets and livestock out of waters with algae blooms.
For more information about toxic algae blooms and other water quality information, visit the Thurston County Environmental Health web pages at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/swimming_index.html