News Flash Home
The original item was published from 6/4/2018 4:17:00 PM to 6/4/2018 4:21:32 PM.

News Flash

Public Health News

Posted on: June 4, 2018

[ARCHIVED] ANDERSON LAKE CLOSED DUE TO TOXIN

Danger Lake Closed Sign image

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Dawson

Water Quality Manager

Jefferson County Public Health

(360) 385-9444

Anderson Lake Closed Due to Toxin


Port Townsend – High levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in a water sample taken from Anderson Lake on Tuesday, May 29th. The toxin level is 112 micrograms per liter, which is above the Washington State recreational criteria of 1 microgram per liter. The bloom of bluegreen algae (also known as cyanobacteria) in the lake contains several toxin-producing species of algae, including Dolichospermum (formerly Anabaena). Anatoxin-a can result in illness and death in people and animals. Washington State Parks has closed the lake for recreation including fishing, boating, and swimming. Visitors are also urged to keep pets out of the water. The rest of Anderson Lake State Park remains open for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Blooms have also appeared this year at Lake Leland and Gibbs Lake, but toxins have not been detected at either of those lakes so far in 2018.

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has monitored local lakes for cyanobacteria since 2007. Anderson Lake has had closures every year since monitoring began. In 2017, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) made changes to the fishing season at Anderson Lake to allow recreational fishing during the colder months when blooms are less likely to occur. State Parks also opened the Anderson Lake gate on a Friday through Sunday schedule from November 2017 to April 2018. Although late season blooms kept the lake closed through fall 2017, early 2018 saw five consecutive months of open access.

To check the status of Jefferson County Lakes and learn more about toxic cyanobacteria monitoring, consult the JCPH website at www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/723/Lake-Status or call (360) 385-9444. For fishing seasons and regulations see the WDFW website www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing. Information on visiting Anderson Lake State Park is available at www.parks.state.wa.us/240/Anderson-Lake.



###

Always working for a safer and healthier community

Additional Info...

Other News in Public Health News

Press Releases (8)

Quilcene Bay Shellfish Advisory Removed

Posted on: October 28, 2022
PSPQuilceneBay20221003

Quilcene Bay Shellfish Closure

Posted on: October 3, 2022
DSC_8351

Oak Bay Shellfish Closure for Biotoxin

Posted on: September 16, 2022
Press Releases (2)

Discovery Bay Shellfish Closure

Posted on: June 27, 2022
Press Release Anderson Lake

Anderson Lake High in Toxin

Posted on: April 29, 2022
Jefferson County Public Health Logo

Opioid Crisis in Jefferson County

Posted on: April 11, 2022
Free tests, masks

Free home test kits, masks

Posted on: February 15, 2022
Public Health Order Update

Public Health Order Update

Posted on: February 11, 2022
February Vaccination Clinics Social Media

Vaccination Clinics in February

Posted on: January 28, 2022
Jan 29 Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination Clinics on January 29

Posted on: January 19, 2022
Care-a-Van Coming to PT

Vaccination Clinics on January 22

Posted on: January 14, 2022
January Vaccination Clinics (1)

Vaccination Clinics Set for January 8 & 15

Posted on: December 27, 2021
20211005 North Beach Sewage Outfall Break Yellow Sign

Sewage Outfall Break at North Beach

Posted on: October 5, 2021
DSC_5462

Discovery Bay Shellfish Closure

Posted on: July 14, 2021
20210513_cyanobacteria bloom tim photo credit anderson lake

ANDERSON LAKE HIGH IN TOXINS

Posted on: May 13, 2021

DISCOVERY BAY SHELLFISH CLOSURE

Posted on: April 9, 2021
20171005_HealthInsSignup

WA Healthplanfinder's Open Enrollment

Posted on: October 5, 2017
ButtonLakeClosedszd

Anderson Lake Closed Due to Toxins

Posted on: May 25, 2017
ButtonLakeClosedszd

Gibbs Lake Closed Due to Toxin

Posted on: August 17, 2017