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Toxic algae bloom no longer in Toad and Wiser lakes

Department of Ecology Water Quality Engineer Steve Hood uses a thermometer to check water temperature at Toad Lake on Sept. 2. Recent tests show toxic algae has dropped to safe levels.
Department of Ecology Water Quality Engineer Steve Hood uses a thermometer to check water temperature at Toad Lake on Sept. 2. Recent tests show toxic algae has dropped to safe levels. The Bellingham Herald

You can go back into the water at Toad and Wiser lakes.

Tests show that levels of toxic algae in both have dropped to safe levels, according to the Whatcom County Health Department.

Signs that warned people and their pets against going into the water have been removed.

They were put up Sept. 4, after tests showed unsafe levels of toxins from a blue-green algae bloom in Toad Lake near Bellingham and Wiser Lake outside of Lynden.

Health and state Department of Ecology officials have said there have been more intense and widespread algae blooms this summer in the state’s lakes and streams, as well as the marine waters of Puget Sound.

Learn more at the Washington State Toxic Algae website at nwtoxicalgae.org, including lakes that currently have harmful toxic algae blooms in them.

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