Recent water samples taken from two Thurston County lakes show the water is safe for human activity, but officials are asking people to be on the lookout for algae scum.
Samples from two locations at Summit Lake in western Thurston County were taken Monday and algae toxins weren’t detected. Summit Lake was declared off-limits in May after an algae bloom turned toxic. The advisory was lifted in June but health department officials are testing the water weekly.
A sample from Pattison Lake near Lacey taken Aug. 3 also came back below health advisory levels. Officials are testing the water there weekly while an algae bloom is present.
Because it is unknown when an algae bloom becomes toxic, officials warn that people should avoid contact with water that has visible algae or algae scum on the surface. Keep pets and children out of the water and release any fish caught during a toxic algae bloom.
To report algae, call 360-867-2653.