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City: Testing reveals 'trace amounts' of toxins from Carver Lake

Is it safe to return to Carver Lake waters? The city of Woodbury is leaving that decision up to the public.

Trace amounts of microcystin, a toxin sometimes found in blue-green algae blooms, were detected in a sample from Woodbury’s Carver Lake, according to a news release.

The city urged the public to stay out of the lake last week after Ramsey-Washington County Watershed District officials discovered blue-green algae in the lake. Samples were tested by the city for toxicity.

The amount of toxins detected in testing present “a low risk to human and animal health,” according to the city.

“The city advises Carver Lake users to make their own decisions about swimming in the water,” the release states.

High levels of the toxin can be dangerous to humans and animals when ingested.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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