Water quality test results from blue-green algae found at Kirkland’s Waverly Beach reflect an unsafe level of microcystin and for health and safety reasons, the beach is closed. Additionally, all waterfront parks in Kirkland along Lake Washington have been posted with warning signs advising that toxic algae is present and that the water could be unsafe for humans and pets if ingested.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) warns that blue-green algae blooms can be different in colors, may appear as foam, scum or streaks on the surface of water and can poison animals, wildlife, and people. To report toxic algae, contact Seattle-King County Public Health at 206-296-4600 or report it online at www.nwtoxicalgae.org. For more information, visit the State DOH website at www.doh.wa.gov and search about blue-green algae.