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Dear Community & Lake Stakeholder:

The City of Lake Elsinore continues to regularly sample and monitor Lake Elsinore on a weekly basis for toxins related to the recent blue-green algae bloom. While the latest results show that the toxins associated with last month’s algae bloom have greatly reduced, one of the toxins (i.e. microsystins) remains above the recreational threshold particularly in areas with large mats of algae.

Therefore, Lake Elsinore remains open for recreational activities like boating and fishing. But, visitors are still urged to use caution for bodily contact particularly near the algae and to take the following precautions based on the Voluntary Statewide Guidance for Blue-Green Algae Blooms:

  • DO NOT SWIM OR WADE, particularly near the shoreline, algae and/or scum.
  • After coming in contact with the water, RINSE OFF WITH FRESH WATER as soon as possible.
  • KEEP CHILDREN AWAY from algae in the water or on the shore.
  • Warn young children NOT TO SWALLOW any lake water, whether or not you see signs of algae.
  • DO NOT DRINK the water or use it for cooking.
  • AVOID BOATING OVER MATS OF ALGAE to prevent accidental inhalation or ingestion of spray.
  • DO NOT LET PETS OR LIVESTOCK go into or drink the water, or eat scum on the shoreline.
  • For fish caught, THROW AWAY GUTS AND CLEAN FILLETS with tap water or bottled water before cooking.
  • If you or your pet get sick after going in the water, contact your doctor or veterinarian.

The City’s Lake Watch efforts are on-going and we will continue to monitor and inform the community about any concerns related to the lake. With water levels dropping below 1,232’, the remains extremely vulnerable in the next couple of months as temperatures remain in the high 90 and 100 degrees.

Last year, in an effort to be proactive and prepared, the City partnered with the Lake Elsinore & San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA) and launched Lake Watch to create awareness and engage the community, local and regional resource agencies and private businesses to take part in our efforts to prepare for and address the vulnerability of Lake Elsinore. This year, the City has relaunched its Lake Watch efforts to get prepared and regularly inform the community about the health and concerns of our most valuable asset - Lake Elsinore. Find out more at www.lake-elsinore.org/LakeWatch2016

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

 

 

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