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.