Black Lake algae scum smelly, nontoxic

ckrotzer@theolympian.comAugust 23, 2013 

Like a green wave rows of water lilies congregate at the north end of Black Lake July 23rd near Black Lake-Belmore Road.Neighbors have banned together and are interested in having the area deemed a Special District, which would allow them to take treating the water and eradicating invasive plant species into their own hands.

STEVE BLOOM — Staff photographer Buy Photo

Algae scum is collecting on the north end of Black Lake, creating a smell but no toxins to date, according to the Thurston County Environmental Health Department.

Severe algae bloom has been occurring on Black Lake, according to Sue Davis of the county environmental health division. As a result, algae scum has been pushed to the north end of the lake by wind and is decomposing.

The Health Department takes samples weekly, but has not detected any toxins. Regardless, Davis urged those who frequent the lake to avoid swimming in areas where algae scum is on the surface or where there is so much algae in the water that they cannot see their feet while wading.

Children and pets should especially be kept away from algae areas, Davis said.

ckrotzer@theolympian.com

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service