Public Health issues danger advisories at Lacamas, Round lakes

Water samples collected last week showed both lakes continue to have elevated levels of cyanotoxins

VANCOUVER – Clark County Public Health has elevated blue-green algae advisories at Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas from warning to danger. 

Danger signs are being posted at the public access points at both Lacamas and Round lakes.
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Water samples collected last week showed both lakes continue to have elevated levels of cyanotoxins. Additionally, blue-green algae are now accumulating in many areas of both lakes, including at boat launches and other public access points.

Danger signs are being posted at the public access points at both lakes. 

Public Health is advising against all recreating in Lacamas and Round lakes, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, using motorized boats, water skiing and fishing. Pets should not have any contact with the water.

Blue-green algae can pose a significant health risk if the cyanobacteria or toxins are ingested, inhaled or contact skin. Inhaled bacteria or toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact can lead to rash, itching, blisters and eye irritation.

If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.

Public Health will continue to monitor the blooms at the lakes and collect water samples to test toxin levels. Public Health will collect water samples for testing every two weeks, rather than weekly, at the request of the laboratory that analyzes water samples. 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.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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Rhonda Gibson
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Rhonda Gibson
21 days ago

Wow! Dangerous. Didn’t I read a month ago or so about a failed housing drainage basin. Whatever became of that? That contributes to the problem. Could there be a follow up story to that?

Clay B
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Clay B
21 days ago
Reply to  Rhonda Gibson

I read that as well, the group filling the lawsuit gave the city a month to start to comply. Interested in seeing more on this story as well!

John Ley
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John Ley
21 days ago
Reply to  Rhonda Gibson

Rhonda –

Here is a much more indepth news report on how the failed LSHOA biofilter is adding pollution to the lake water.

https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/lacamas-shores-biofilter-polluting-lacamas-lake/

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