Toxic algae found in creek on Tahoe’s West Shore

Signs are posted warning of toxic algae.

TAHOMA, Calif. — Toxic algae has been discovered in a creek on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.

The algae, cyanotoxin microcystin, was found at strong enough levels in General Creek that triggered posting warning signs.

Those enjoying the outdoors with their pets should be aware of the situation and stay away from algae mats in the water. Pets should not drink the water or eat algal mats in the water or on shore. Children should also be kept from touching or eating the mats.

Algal mats can be attached to the bottom of the waterway, floating in the water, or washed up on shore. Swimming is allowed in areas without algal mats.

For more information, contact the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board at 530-542-5425.

Toxic algae was found in General Creek on Tahoe’s West Shore.

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