Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lifted the toxic algae advisory for Lake Tapps on Aug. 2. The toxic algae bloom that was on the eastern shore of Tapps Island, reported on July 19, has decreased and no longer presents a public health concern.
Even when an advisory is not in effect, always use caution when you’re in the water.
If you see toxic algae, stay away. Toxic algae can produce toxins and, in large amounts, pose a health risk to people and pets. Swallowing or prolonged skin contact with algae may cause illness that might include, muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea.