FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/12/2018
TO: Grant County Media
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
Jon Ness, Grant County Health District Environmental Health Manager
509-766-7960 ext. 26
Grant County residents should avoid contact with water in Moses Lake from the
WDFW North Moses Lake Boat Launch south to Connelly Park where recent test
results show blue-green algae is present.
What is Blue-Green Algae Bloom?
These algae grow rapidly in fresh water when there is enough sunlight, high temperatures, and nutrients in the water. It often looks like green paint floating on the water. It is common for Grant County waters to have blue-green algae in the summer and fall, but not all blue-green algae blooms are toxic.
However, there are types of blue-green algae that produce toxins (or poisons) which can cause serious illness in people, pets, and livestock.
What are the signs of toxic blue-green algae?
What to do if you see blue-green algae?
As soon as you see a bloom or possible signs of poisoning: