Blue-green algae was been detected blooming along the north shore of the Salton Sea.
The Imperial County Public Health Department reported the presence of cyanotoxins , also known as blue-green algae , in the Sea. According to the health department , low levels of cyanobacteria were recorded in recent months along the north shore of the Salton Sea , in Riverside County. Water testing conducted by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board confirmed the presence of three cyanotoxins , Anatoxin-A , Saxitoxin and Microcystin at the Desert Shores Harbor.
Dr. Stephan Munday , Imperial County Health Officer said , " Due to the levels recently detected of cyanobacteria in the Salton Sea , it is important that the community be informed so that individuals know to limit exposure to themselves and their pets." According to the health department , signs have been posted in the area around the Salton Sea.
Algae bloom can appear as cut grass in the water of blue-green , white or brown foam , scum or mats that can float on the water's surface and accumulate along the shoreline and boat ramp area. The algae blooms are common occurrences in lakes and can be caused by a combination of factors including nutrients , temperature , sunlight and water chemistry. More information is available on the California Department of Public Health website.