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Public Health raises water contact advisory to "danger" for Kissack Cove

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 17:38:24-04

County Public Health has raised the water contact advisory from warning to danger for the Kissack Cove Area and issued a warning to the Paradise Cove Area of Lake Isabella.

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.

Sampling also indicated the presence of blue-green algae toxins in the Paradise Cove Area of Lake Isabella.

Kern County Public Health released the following:

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 tape water of 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.