January 29, 2020
Donít touch the water at Silverwood Lake
SILVERWOOD LAKE Ė (INT) Ė The quality of the water in another Inland Empire lake is getting bad marks.

Blue-green algae has appeared in Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains and visitors are urged to avoid contract with the water and avoid eating fish taken from it.

The State Department of Water Resources is allowing boating but swimming and other water-contact recreation and sporting activities are not considered safe under the danger advisory due to potential adverse health effects.

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.

A similar order was issued earlier this summer for Lake Perris, but has since been rescinded. All beaches were open at last report.

Both lakes are reservoirs for the State Water Project.
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