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Toxic algae advisory lifted for Vancouver Lake

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 2, 2023, 5:13pm

Clark County Public Health lifted its toxic algae bloom advisory at Vancouver Lake following improved cyanotoxin levels.

Water samples show improved water quality in the two weeks the warning was active. Officials recommend that visitors avoid water with floating scum, as this can still pose danger to human and pet health.

Lacamas Lake’s advisory remains in place.

Exposure to cyanotoxins, whether ingested or inhaled, can be harmful to people, particularly children, and deadly to small animals. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, as well as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Skin contact can cause rashes, itching, blisters and eye irritation.

Public Health will continue to monitor Vancouver and Lacamas Lakes and sample water as algae blooms remain.

For more information, visit Public Health’s public beach website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/public-beaches.

Columbian staff writer