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Swimming at Silverwood Lake Prohibited Due to Increased Health Risks

SILVERWOOD LAKE, Calif. ( Just days after toxic algae in Silverwood Lake prompted a caution warning, on Friday, July 14, 2017, State officials now say swimming is prohibited until further notice.

Cleghorn swim beaches and Sawpit are the two areas primarily affected by the blue-green algae bloom. However, the California Department of Water Resources says those areas are closed for now following the increased health risk associated with the algae.

“Stay away from algae, scum, cloudy, or discolored water,” stated the Silverwood Lake’s Facebook page.

In humans, the toxins from the algae can cause skin rashes, eye irritation, diarrhea, and vomiting. In animals, the toxins can cause diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, and even death.

-Do not use lake water for drinking or cooking. Boiling or filtering water will not make the water safe.

-Do not let pets or livestock go into the lake, drink the lake water, or go near any algae or scum.

The warning does not interfere with boating or fishing activity, however, DWR advises those fishing to throw away all guts and clean the filets with tap water before cooking.

If you have any questions regarding the water quality at Silverwood Lake SRA, please contact the Department of Water Resources Public Affairs Office at 916-653-5114 or 916-653-9712.

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