County program tests Lake Boren for bacteria

October 18, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 10:35 a.m. Oct. 18, 2013

The King County Lake Stewardship program performed bacterial testing on Lake Boren Oct. 7 and noted presence of an algae bloom, according to a city of Newcastle press release.

After further testing, it was determined that the bloom’s makeup was almost exclusively of the blue-green algae variety, the type that does not tend to produce high toxicities in the area.

Test results also found the presence of plankton in the water. The amount is slightly above the minimum detection level, but below the state’s provisional recreational guideline threshold for recreational activities.

The city notes there is little concern for public health and safety due to the low values reported. However, since there is still some toxicity, the city recommends avoiding accidentally drinking the lake water during the short duration when such blooms occur.

Parents and pet owners should pay close attention to their small children and animals, who are more likely to swallow the water.

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