Thurston County staff responded on Wednesday, Aug. 14, to reports of algae spotted near the bridge at Peninsula Drive on Lake St. Clair, according to information provided by the county’s water quality staff.

County staff recommend using extra precaution around waters to avoid health risks. According to information from water quality staff, it’s recommended not to drink lake water, keep animals away from areas where blooms are present and to avoid eating fish from the lake.

Staff are in the process of testing samples from each of the lake’s boat launches to see if there has been an outbreak of toxic algae bloom. Results are expected next week.

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