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    Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Information

    A cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom was detected in the West Tahoe Keys Lagoon on August 15, 2017. TKPOA responded, working with regulatory agencies and taking precautionary steps to protect residents and visitors from any potentially harmful effects of the bloom. While the bloom has since dissipated, it is important to be aware of the issue and to understand that under the right conditions (increased nutrients in the water from runoff in Lake Tahoe, high temperatures), a bloom could occur in the future. Residents are asked to report potential blooms to TKPOA staff.

    Algae blooms do not effect drinking water, and have been increasingly common around the state and country.

     

    If another bloom occurs, take the following precautions:

    • Avoid contact with algae or scum in the water
    • Wash your hands after contact with the algae or scum
    • Avoid touching your eyes after contact with algae or scum
    • Keep children away from algae or scum
    • Fish caught in these waters should be cleaned with tap or bottled water, guts should be thrown away
    • Do not drink lagoon water or use for cooking
    • Do not eat shellfish from the lagoons
    • Do not let pets swim in, drink the water or eat the algae

    Cyanobacteria information:

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