East Wenatchee, WA – Washington State Department of Health is advising the public to take precautions during water recreation. Harmful algae blooms have been found in some Washington lakes and rivers this summer.
Fresh water algae blooms caused by cyanobacteria are most common in lakes but can occur in rivers and streams where the water is warm, slow moving and stagnant. The extreme heat this summer and lower than normal water levels can create an ideal environment for cyanobacteria to grow.
Toxicity from the algae blooms can vary from day-to-day and it is not possible to tell how dangerous the bloom is by simply looking at it. Only testing can determine whether or not the bloom is dangerous.
Please take the following precautions when choosing a body of water for recreation:
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