September 25, 2017
Algae limits swimming at two lakes
LAKE SILVERWOOD – (INT) – Another Southern California mountain lake has been hit with an algae bloom raising caution flags to swimmers.

A “warning” advisory has been issued for Silverwood Lake’s Sawpit swim beach and Cleghorn swim beach due to the presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).

The two beaches have been closed, but the lake remains open for boating.

Exposure to toxic blue-green algae can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold and flu-like symptoms. Pets can be especially susceptible because they tend to drink while in the water and lick their fur afterwards.

It was also announced that recreational users are bring urged to avoid direct contact with the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County. Toxin levels are declining and a prior ‘warning’ has been downgraded to a “Caution” for swimmers.”

Swimmers should avoid swallowing the water in the Vaquero Beach bloom area and and elsewhere in the lake. Pets should be kept away from the water in all areas under the advisory.
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