This is an article taken from www.co.lake.ca.us (the County of Lake Website).
Presence of Lyngbya
Taken from the County of Lake Website Health Services Department – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE dated June 19, 2009: “In response to public complaints of foul odors and floating scum on the lake surface, Environmental Health has performed bacteriologic water testing in the affected areas and has determined the observations are not related to a sewage discharge. A sampling and analysis done by Lake County Vector Control District indicates the presence of lyngbya, a relatively uncommon form of blue-green algae bloon in Clear Lake. Some types of blue-green algae can release toxins and allergens in the water. Lyngbya, the identified species, is known to cause skin irritation resulting in dermatitis. County Health Officer Dr. Karen Tait advises the public to keep away from areas with visible algae mats and to avoid direct contact with affected water, including drinking the water and recreational activities such as swimming, wading, and water skiing (from the water in these areas)”. www.co.lake.ca.us
According to an article in the Lake County Record-Bee dated Saturday, June 27, 2009, by Denise Rockerstein (Staff Reporter) which states according to Lakeshore Bait and Tackle Owner Bob Rider he has experienced a decline in his business due to this algae bloom. He said he understands that the alage presence is a nuisance for the people; however, he said it’s healthy for the fish. “It’s very healthy for the lake. It just interferes with what people want to do”, he said. Rider continued, “The fishing is still good if you know how to fish through the stuff. It’s inconvenient for the people but the fish are thriving. We are just going to need to wait this one out”. – For more information on this go to www.record-bee.com.
I say mother nature does what she wants. Clear Lake is and will continue to be a beautiful and picture-perfect place to visit and live.