Public Health Raises Water Contact Advisory from Warning to Danger for Kissack Cove and Issues Warning to Paradise Cove Area of Lake Isabella
August 24th, 2016 | by: Michelle Corson | Category: Press Releases

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Matthew Constantine
Director

August 24, 2016

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Michelle Corson
Public Relations Officer

corsonm@co.kern.ca.us

Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Public Health Services issued a warning notice for Kissack Cove at Lake Isabella and cautionary notices in the Keyesville Recreation Area and the Calloway Weir Area in the Kern River on August 16, 2016. Water sampling performed by the State of California Water Resources Control Board indicated the presence of potentially harmful blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in Lake Isabella and in the Kern River.
Further sampling has indicated that toxins produced from blue-green algae are present in Kissack Cove Area of Lake Isabella at levels that warrant raising the notice from warning to danger. Sampling also has indicated the presence of blue-green algae toxins in the Paradise Cove Area of Lake Isabella, and therefore warrants the posting of warning notices there. The state has three levels of notices based on the presence of blue-green algae, and whether and at what level toxins are being produced.
Danger signs are being posted in Kissack Cove area of Lake Isabella and will advise:

• Toxins from algae in these waters can harm people and kill pets and livestock
• Stay out of the water until further notice. Do not touch scum in the water or on shore.
• Do not let pets or livestock drink or go into the water or go near the scum.
• Do not eat fish or shellfish from these waters.
• Do not use the water for drinking or cooking. Boiling or filtering will not make the water safe.
Warning signs are being posted in Paradise Cove area of Lake Isabella and will advise:
• Toxins from algae in these waters can harm people and kill pets and livestock
• No swimming.
• Stay away from scum, and cloudy or discolored water.
• No not use these waters for drinking or cooking. Boiling or filtering will not make the water safe.
• Do not let pets or livestock go into or drink the water, or go near the scum.
• Do not eat shellfish from these waters.
• For fish caught here, throw away guts and clean fillets with tap water or bottled water before cooking.

Caution signs remain in the Keyesville and Calloway Weir areas of the Kern River and will advise:

• Harmful algae may be present in these waters.
• Do not swim or wade near algae or scum.
• Keep children away from algae in the water or on the shore.
• Do not drink the water or use it for cooking
• Do not let pets or livestock go into or drink the water, or eat scum on the shoreline.
• For fish caught here, throw away guts and clean fillets with tap water or bottled water before cooking.
• Do not eat shellfish from these waters.
The algae bloom appears as bright green in the water with streaks that look like spilled paint. The blooms can also appear as blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats that can float on the water and accumulate along the shore. Exposure to blue-green algae can cause rashes, skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions, and gastrointestinal symptoms. At high levels, exposure can result in serious illness or death, according to the California Department of Public Health. For animals, the toxins can cause diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, and death.
Regular water testing will continue.
For more information visit http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/monitoring_council/cyanohab_network/index.html or call (661) 321-3000.