Oakland's Lake Temescal reopens from algae closing

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Updated: 9/04 10:26 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials have reopened one of Oakland's most popular swimming holes after it was closed due to a rare toxic algae bloom that poses health risks to people and dogs.

The Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/1vUmgg8) reports Thursday that the East Bay Regional Park District reopened public access to Lake Temescal over Labor Day weekend after several treatments to bring the water to acceptable levels.

The lake had been closed to swimming since mid-July.

District water management supervisor Hal MacLean says the state's historic drought reduced water flows that dilute and wash out algae, contributing to the lake's high levels of the toxin microcystin, which can cause rashes, vomiting and flu-like symptoms.

Officials say the lake is open to swimming through October, but lifeguards will not be on duty.


Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com


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