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Public Health closes Vancouver Lake to swimmers due to E. coli bacteria
Clark County Public Health is closing Vancouver Lake to swimmers due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria detected during routine testing. Some E. coli bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal illness if water is accidentally swallowed. Read more.
Public Health issues warning for Vancouver Lake due to elevated toxin levels
Clark County Public Health has upgraded its advisory at Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with all water in Vancouver Lake. Read more.
Natural Garden Tour features 12 earth-friendly gardens to inspire local gardeners
Clark County residents have the opportunity to explore 12 local gardens maintained using earth-friendly techniques during this weekend’s Natural Garden Tour. Visitors can meet host gardeners and find inspiration to make their own gardens beautiful and healthy. The free, self-guided Natural Garden Tour is 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, July 14. Read more.
Learn about backyard composting at the seventh annual Art in the Garden event
Clark County’s Master Composter Recyclers will host an open house this weekend as part of the seventh annual Art in the Garden event. The open house is 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, July 14 at the composting demonstration site at the Center for Agriculture Science and Environmental Education, CASEE, 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie. Read more.
Public Health lifts advisories at Lacamas and Round lakes
Clark County Public Health has lifted the advisories at Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas. The blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, at the lakes dissipated over the weekend and are no longer present at either lake. Read more.
Public Health offers option for dog-friendly patios at food establishments
Clark County Public Health has created an option for food establishments interested in creating dog-friendly outdoor patios. Since 2005, Washington state food code has prohibited all animals, except service animals, on the premises of food establishments, which include outdoor dining areas. Clark County Public Health has developed a variance to the state code that will allow dogs on outdoor patios while still maintaining food safety. Read more.
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Breathing smoke from wildfires isn’t healthy for anyone, but some people are more likely to have health problems when the air quality isn’t good. The best way to protect your health when air is smoky is to limit time outdoors and reduce physical activity.
Learn more about who is at risk for problems, what symptoms you may experience and how to protect yourself and your family on our Smoke from Wildfires webpage.
Public Health monitors water quality at three designated swim beaches: Vancouver Lake, Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake. Public Health collects regular water samples throughout the summer to determine if the water quality is safe for swimming and recreating. The latest water quality information is posted on the public beaches webpage.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, after six weeks with no new cases. Public Health confirmed 71 cases of measles during the months-long outbreak.