CITY OF LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA — On Friday, the state issued a “danger alert” for Lake Elsinore due to an algal bloom. The alert stated that all recreational activity should be suspended until further notice. According to a Friday news release from the city of Lake Elsinore, the alert forced the cancellation of a popular jet ski race.
The city put up “no swimming” signs along the shoreline earlier this week as a “warning.” However, state and local officials are of the opinion that all forms of recreation, including fishing and boating, should be suspended due to the increased risks.
The timeframe for a possible change in the alert status was not provided.
The local government has stated that dogs shouldn’t be allowed to swim in the lake or eat the garbage that washes up on the shore.
The World Health Organization and the World Red Cross both advise against consuming any seafood caught or harvested in water. “The water cannot be made safe by filtering or boiling.”
Officials claim that this year’s bloom is floating above the lake’s surface, similar to blooms from previous years.
High temperatures, an abundance of sunlight, and a lack of wind are all conducive conditions for algal growth.
Unfortunately, rounds 8 and 9 of the Hot Products & Anderson Powersports “Best of the West” Racing Series were postponed because the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) sanctioned championship closed course PWC racing scheduled for Saturday and Sunday was canceled.
The bloom’s location on the lake can shift quickly as wind and waves disperse or concentrate it, as stated by the WRCB. “A film or scum may form on the water’s surface in places where the bloom has concentrated. The water’s color can also be distorted, looking green or brown depending on the lighting.”
No serious health problems have been reported as a result of contact with the green slime.
Swimming and other recreational activities have been suspended at Lake Elsinore due to a “Danger Alert,” as reported first on the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch.
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