Castaic Lake visitors are being advised to avoid the water due to a hazardous algae bloom, according to state water officials.
According to an announcement made on Tuesday by the California Department of Water Resources, lab tests conducted this week have revealed an increase in the level of toxins in the water. The reason behind this is the presence of blue-green algae, as confirmed by the department.
It is highly recommended that individuals refrain from swimming or engaging in recreational activities in the lake. Furthermore, it is advised to avoid consuming any type of fish or shellfish from the lake and steer clear of any contact with algal “scum” in the water or on the shore.
According to the DWR, while boating is permitted, water-contact recreation and sporting activities are not deemed safe due to the possibility of adverse health impacts.
The authorities have issued a warning that encompasses the entire lake, except for the Castaic Lagoon. It is advised that people should also refrain from letting their pets and livestock enter the water. Safety measures should be taken seriously to avoid any unfortunate incidents.
Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, is a typical lake ecosystem component. However, its levels can rise for various reasons, such as warm water temperatures, storm runoff that brings fertilizer into the water, and stagnation.
Exposure to certain substances can result in various unpleasant symptoms, including rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, and cold- or flu-like symptoms. Taking precautions to avoid such exposure is essential, as these symptoms can significantly impact one’s overall health and well-being.
According to the agency, pets are more vulnerable to waterborne diseases as they drink water while in it and then lick their fur afterwards.
It is crucial to seek medical assistance immediately if you or someone you know, or even your pet, has been exposed to any harmful substance. Experts in the field highly advise this recommended course of action. So, if you are in this situation, do not hesitate to seek help as soon as possible.
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