Blue algae

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MOSES LAKE - Grant County health officials are awaiting tests results to determine if more water areas in Moses Lake contain toxic blue-green algae.

The Grant County Health District said on Tuesday that samples were taken from Blue Heron Park and Cascade Park on Monday.

Grant County Health District Health Educator Cassandra Kelly said they expect to receive the results back before the end of the week.

Health officials added that due to the lack of funding, the number of samples that can be collected each week is limited for both the Grant County Health District and the Washington Department of Ecology.

iFIBER One News asked health officials if the public should avoid contact with the Potholes Reservoir. Kelly said the public should be aware of a potential bloom in blue-green algae.

"No, Potholes is not included in the advisory, but people should be aware of potential blooms and that the two bodies of water are connected," Kelly stated Tuesday morning.

The Grant County Health District is advising the public to avoid all contact with all water areas in Moses Lake due to confirmed test results of blue-green algae present in Connelly Park.

The Grant County Health District collected samples from Connelly Park last Tuesday after the department believes there is a suspect in a blue-green algae bloom in response to reports of concerned citizens. The sample came back with toxin levels higher than the state recreational guidelines.

Health district officials said on Monday that it’s possible the blue-green algae is present in all parts of Moses Lake.

Caution and warning signs have been posted around water areas in Moses Lake and will remain posted until the lake is clear of the toxic algae. The health district will continue testing the water weekly.

The type of blue-green algae present can cause serious illness in people, pets and livestock, causing symptoms including jaundice, shock, abdominal pain, weakness nausea, vomiting, severe thirst or even death.

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Karma

Best management practices for lakes You can help keep your lake healthy by taking the following steps: Maintain your septic system Manage waterfowl Use recommended landscape practices Control runoff and soil erosion Reduce or eliminate use of fertilizers Properly dispose of pet wastes Wash vehicles away from the lake Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides For more information visit our clean water education website, Washington Waters - Ours to Protect.

Karma

Due to a lack of funding, we have a toxic lake. Testing should be mandatory.

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