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News Release
Public Health lifts algae advisory at Lacamas Lake after water quality improves - 09/20/23

Clark County Public Health has lifted its advisory at Lacamas Lake. Water samples collected from the lake show water quality has improved over the last two weeks and toxin levels are no longer elevated. 

The warning signs posted at the lake are being removed. However as long as blooms of harmful algae are present, toxin levels could increase as conditions at the lake change. The city of Camas recently began the annual drawdown of Lacamas Lake, and in past years, the lowered water level during the drawdown has caused water quality to deteriorate at the lake. 

Public Health encourages people swimming and recreating in the lake or along the shore to watch for floating scum and avoid direct contact with water in those areas. Pets should not drink or have contact with water in areas of floating scum.

Public Health will continue to monitor Lacamas Lake and take weekly water samples to test toxin levels as long as the bloom is present. Another advisory may be issued if toxin levels increase. 

Additional information about harmful algal blooms and current advisories are available on the Public Health public beach website.

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