Clark County Public Health issues advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake due to blue-green algae bloom

Clark County Public Health issues advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake due to blue-green algae bloom

CAMAS — Clark County Public Health has issued an advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake in Camas due to blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.

Responding to a report of a blue-green algae bloom in Fallen Leaf Lake, Public Health staff visited the lake and confirmed the presence of blooms near the bank, extending north from the Fallen Leaf Lake Shelter.

Responding to a report of a blue-green algae bloom in Fallen Leaf Lake, Clark County Public Health staff visited the lake and confirmed the presence of blooms near the bank, extending north from the Fallen Leaf Lake Shelter. Photo courtesy of city of Camas
Responding to a report of a blue-green algae bloom in Fallen Leaf Lake, Clark County Public Health staff visited the lake and confirmed the presence of blooms near the bank, extending north from the Fallen Leaf Lake Shelter. Photo courtesy of city of Camas

Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with lake water in areas of floating blue-green-colored scum. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that are harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water.

Health officials recommend:

  • Avoid swimming and other activities where skin contact is likely
  • No drinking lake water
  • No water contact for animals in areas of scum
  • Avoid areas of scum when kayaking or paddle boarding
  • Clean fish well and discard organs

Caution signs have been posted at Fallen Leaf Lake. Public Health will continue to monitor the lake as long as blooms are present, and signs will be updated as conditions change.

Additional information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website. To report algae blooms in other bodies of water, visit the Public Health website.

Questions? Contact Clark County Public Health at eph@clark.wa.gov or (564) 397-8428.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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