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Toxic Algae Means No Swimming at Green Lake

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SEATTLE (AP) — Add Seattle’s popular Green Lake to the list of Puget Sound-area lakes hit by toxic algae blooms.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams has closed the lake to swimming, wading and “wet-water boating” activities like sailboarding. Parks officials also cautioned dog owners Tuesday not to let dogs drink from the lake while the bloom persists.

The lake remains open to fishing and boating, since people engaging in those activities are unlikely to ingest the water. The parks department says the closure will last until the algae bloom completes its life cycle — which could be weeks or months.

Water quality experts have recently issued toxic algae warnings for several other lakes in King and Pierce counties.

Ingesting the water can cause flu-like symptoms.

– Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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