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Two East Bay lakes reopen to swimmers after toxic algae clears up

Two East Bay lakes reopen to swimmers after toxic algae clears up

The Oakland County Health Department says risky algae blooms are invading lakes.

Algal blooms, a rapid growth of algae in dense populations in water, are forming in these lakes and others around the metro area.

Lake Temescal in Oakland has been closed to swimmers since June 26 and Quarry Lakes has been closed since February 8.

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But tests show the lakes are safe again for swimmers, park officials said.

"We are thrilled to reopen the lakes even though it is not as soon as we would have liked", said David Mason, a park district spokesman. Officials are also testing the water there weekly while an algae bloom is present.

Due to weather and wind conditions having the ability to move algae blooms from one location in the lake to another, the advisory will remain in effect for Buck Lake until further notice. Boiling the water won't remove toxins produced by the algae, and an alternate source of water should be provided to pets and livestock.

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They said Lake Temescal will be open on weekends and holidays until Sept. 17 and Quarry Lakes will be open on weekends and holidays until September 4.

Because it is unknown when an algae bloom becomes toxic, officials warn people should avoid contact with water that has visible algae or algae scum on the surface.

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