With warm weather in the forecast and recreational water sports gearing up, health and water resource officials across the state are reminding the public to be mindful of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in lakes, streams and reservoirs, and to keep children and pets away from these HABs if they see one.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether it is safe to swim in Clear Lake. There are two issues involved in the discussion. The first is the use of herbicides to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. From the County’s perspective and based on the environmental documentation prepared for the aquatic weed control program, the herbicides do not adversely affect the water for swimming. Tribal environmental offices may differ in their opinion of the program, but the County’s position is that the areas treated with the herbicides are safe for swimming.
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