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Toxic algae closes Anderson Lake

Public access to Anderson Lake in Jefferson County is closed again due to the presence of toxic algae.

Algae blooms in Anderson Lake are producing a dangerous neurotoxin that poses a risk to public health, said Thom Johnson, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Jefferson County Public Health also has advisories for nearby Leland and Gibbs lakes. "The presence of algae blooms has caused the health department to warn against swimming, drinking the water or eating any fish caught in those lakes," Johnson said.

Other lakes in east Jefferson County have been stocked with trout, including Horseshoe, Ludlow, Sandy Shore, Silent, Tarboo and Teal. The WDFW Web site http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/plants/weekly/ provides information on locations, dates and number of trout stocked in lakes throughout the state.

For questions about toxic algae, call Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9444 or 360-461-9327.

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