GIG HARBOR, WA — The Tacoma – Pierce County Health Department has closed Palmer Lake on Key Peninsula after an algae bloom turned the water toxic.
Earlier, the county health department had issued a caution advisory, simply telling residents to stay away from parts of the lake that had visible algae.
However, experts ran a routine check to see if conditions had improved Monday, and when results came back Thursday, they showed the lake had high levels of toxins. As a result, public health has closed the lake to all visitors.
The lake will remain closed for at least two weeks, though crews will return to test the water again next week. The results of that test will determine if the bloom remains, and when the lake might be reopened to the public.
The closure means people and pets alike should stay clear of the water. That includes swimming, wading,