11-12-20: TPCHD (Tacoma Pierce County Health Department) notified us that the lake closure has been lifted, but a Caution Advisory remains. TPCHD will continue to monitor the lake. You can learn more about "Caution Advisory" advice on the TPCHD website. Lake water quality was a discussion topic in the general member meeting on Saturday, 10-31-20, and a committee has been formed to look at the issue and propose corrective actions. If you have interest in this matter, please reach out to PLBC via email.
TPCHD routinely tests Palmer Lake, and advises us of the results, which we post to this page.
According to TPCHD, toxic algae routinely occurs in Washington lakes, and it "blooms" from time to time. TPCHD notes that there is a lack of scientific agreement if the chemical treatment we apply annually (which we applied this spring) really has an impact on algae. It can reduce the nutrients that algae feed on, but is questioned as to if it "kills" algae.
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