Clark County Public Health downgrades advisories at Lacamas and Round lakes

Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are still present at the lake, but results from recent water samples indicate low levels of toxins in the water.

VANCOUVER – Clark County Public Health has downgraded the advisories at Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas from danger to caution. Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are still present at the lake, but results from recent water samples indicate low levels of toxins in the water.

Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are still present at Lacamas Lake, but results from recent water samples indicate low levels of toxins in the water. Photo courtesy of city of Camas
Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are still present at Lacamas Lake, but results from recent water samples indicate low levels of toxins in the water. Photo courtesy of city of Camas

As long as algae are present, toxin levels could increase as conditions at the lake change. Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with water in areas with floating blue-green-colored scum. The toxins produced by blue-green algae can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets.

Health officials are recommending:

  • No swimming, water skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing in areas of scum.
  • No drinking lake water.
  • No water contact for animals in areas of scum.
  • Avoid areas of scum when boating.
  • Clean fish well and discard organs.

The danger signs at the lake will be replaced with caution signs, which will remain in place as long as the blooms are present. Public Health will continue to monitor the lake and take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Water samples will be collected again next week.

Additional information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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