City officials say toxic algae threat continues

Red Bud Isle, Auditorium Shores, Barton Creek remain affected

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August 28, 2019 - 8:34 am

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- City officials say a toxic algal bloom affecting Lady Bird Lake continues to show signs of harmful neurotoxins.

The latest tests from Red Bud Isle, Auditorium Shores, and along Barton Creek between Barton Springs Pool and Lady Bird Lake all tested positive for the continued presence of neurotoxins.

Officials say they expect the algae to naturallly die off when cooler weather returns in the fall.

Here are some recommendations for keeping everyone - two-legged and four-legged - safe:

  • Do not allow pets to drink from or swim in Lady Bird Lake or parts of Barton Creek near the lake.
  • Do not handle the algae.
  • Minimize contact with the water in Lady Bird Lake.
  • Remember that swimming is prohibited in Lady Bird Lake by city ordinance.
  • Avoid creeks and lakes where the water is warm and stagnant or where there is lots of algae present.

Boating and paddle-boarding are allowed on the lake at your own risk.

More information is available on the city's website.

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