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Public Health issues danger advisory at Vancouver Lake

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: August 24, 2022, 2:00pm

Clark County Public Health issued a danger advisory Wednesday for Vancouver Lake because of elevated toxin levels.

Public Health advises against all recreating at the lake, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and boating. People should also keep pets away from the water, the agency said in a news release.

Results from water samples collected Monday showed cyanotoxins above the levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health, the news release states. Public Health found harmful algal blooms at multiple spots across the lake, including at the swim beach.

If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.

Staff is posting warning signs at public access points to the lake.

Similar advisories also remain in place at Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas.

Information about current advisories can be found at clark.wa.gov/public-health/public-beaches.