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Toxic algae bloom conditions at Silverwood Lake not improving, swimming not safe

SILVERWOOD LAKE, Calif. ( — The toxic algae bloom conditions at Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area have not improved, officials said.

Additionally, the water level has dropped several feet over the last few days leaving algae and scum on the beaches and shore-lines.

“We urge you not to swim, wade, or otherwise contact the water or algae debris on the shore at this time, especially in areas visibly impacted by algae. As always, pets should not be permitted on the beach or in or near the water,” stated officials in a Thursday evening Facebook post.

On July 23, 2019, the Department of Water Resources urged the public to avoid physical contact with the water at Silverwood Lake until further notice and avoid eating fish from the lake due to the presence of blue-green algae.

Officials said boating is allowed, but swimming and other water-contact recreation and sporting activities are not considered safe under the danger advisory due to potential adverse health effects.

The danger advisory is in effect for the entire lake.

Exposure to toxic blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold- and flu-like symptoms. Pets can be especially susceptible.

(Photo courtesy of Silverwood Lake State Rec Area Facebook)
(Photo courtesy of Silverwood Lake State Rec Area Facebook)

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