Welcome to the freshwater algae site

The purpose of this site is to provide toxin data related to cyanobacteria blooms in Washington lakes, ponds and streams. Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) uses this site to share the data from their ongoing freshwater algae monitoring program.

Cyanobacteria (or blue-green algae) can produce toxins at levels that are harmful to humans, pets, domestic animals, and wildlife. There is no way to detect toxins in an algae bloom except through laboratory analysis. This website provides access to Ecology's results.

Find your lake

Find your lake

Use our database to locate a lake and find out the most recent testing.
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See lakes with algae bloom

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Examples of local lakes experiencing algae blooms.
View our gallery and descriptions.

Report a bloom

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If you think that your lake has an algae bloom and you want to have the algae identified: Report a bloom.

Health risks

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Learn about the potential health risks to people and pets exposed to algae blooms through swimming or consuming the water.

Did you know?

cyanobacteria

Most cyanobacterial blooms occur during warm summer and early fall months. However, toxic blooms can also occur during the colder winter months.

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