Toxic algae blooms are present

A toxic algae advisory for Lake Lawrence has been lifted, according to a press release from the Environmental Health Division of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services.

The announcement was made Friday.

The toxin microcystin was found above advisory levels in a sample collected on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The liver toxin was found at a level of 18.0 ugl/L while the Washington state recreational advisory level is 6.0 ug/L.

Environmental Health division staff said they would collect samples weekly until the algae bloom cleared.

When a the bloom is present, the county recommends extra precautions be taken to avoid health risks posed by potential toxins.

• Do not drink the lake water.

• Avoid contact with water containing algae. Do not swim or water ski in area with algae.

• Keep pets and livestock away from areas where algae blooms are present.

• When fishing, use only catch and release of any fish caught during an algae bloom.

• Do not eat fish that come from the lake during the algae bloom.

• Avoid areas of scum when boating.

Residents can learn more about toxic algae blooms and associated health risks by visiting www.nwtoxicalgae.com or by calling 360-867-2626.

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