Read about microcystins

Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion about toxic algae and the resultant microcystins that are produced. The majority of the newspaper articles surround the shellfish in the Puget Sound. If you are unaware, one of the Twin Lakes (Jeane) was determined to be significantly toxic during 2015.

Since the waters of Lake Jeane are used to irrigate the fairways of the golf course, the HOA sought legal opinion as to our obligation to notify the residents that live on the lake and the fairways of any potential risk. We were advised by our HOA attorney that any available information should be passed on.

The following 5 links discuss the potential risks. Keep in mind these are not the opinion of the HOA but of the authors of each document.

Characterization of Aerosols Containing Microcystin

Recreational Exposure to Low Concentrations of Microcystins During an Algal Bloom in a Small Lake

Recreational exposure to microcystins during algal blooms in two California lakes

EPA’s efforts to raise awareness about algal blooms and their impact on communities

Authoritative Position Paper on Hazardous Algae (Cyanobacteria) Blooms