July 11, 2014 -- Clark County Public Health has reopened Vancouver Lake to swimming and
Public Health will continue to monitor Vancouver Lake for bacteria every two weeks this
July 10, 2014 -- Clark County today closed Vancouver Lake to swimming and wading after routine testing showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, which can cause serious gastrointestinal illness when water is accidentally swallowed. Vancouver Lake Regional Park will remain open to the public. Water within the restrooms and shelters is unaffected by the lake water and remains safe to drink. The health warning will remain in effect until tests show that E. coli levels do not exceed Washington State and US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. Read the full Clark County news release here.
Sept. 20, 2103 -- Clark County Public Health has lifted a health advisory for recreational use of Vancouver Lake after inspections of the water and lab results indicate cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) is no longer a threat to the health of people and pets.
“Even though it’s late in the season, we are pleased to announce that the lake is again open for swimming and other recreational uses,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer, who cautioned that people should be observant and avoid any pockets of the lake that might have a scummy texture and a green, bluish, brownish, or reddish-green color. Learn more here.
The advisory has been in place since issued Aug. 13, 2013.
Vancouver Lake Cleanup in the News! Watch the video segment about our September Cleanup shown on one of our local TV stations. View Video
Vancouver Lake - a Clark County Close Up segment on CVTV - Watch the streaming video from this Aug. 22, 2010, program by clicking on the link above.
Health officials find
Park to remain open; health officials say avoid water to prevent illness
- Clark County
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officials find Vancouver Lake safe for swimming - Clark County
Public Health and
New well field to up utility’s pumping capacity by a third - The Columbian, August 11, 2009 (Note: Copyrighted Columbian article, available through the newspaper's web site.)
County Public Health and Vancouver-Clark
Clark County Public Works and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation news release - July 17, 2009
Grant helps Vancouver Lake Partnership efforts to improve water health - January 26, 2009
Video on Clark-Vancouver Cable Televison (CVTV) - View the Vancouver Lake Forum at the Library, Sept. 20, 2007, at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Vancouver. The event was sponsored by the Library Forum Committee. Please check www.cvtv.org or use this direct link.
Vancouver Lake closed to swimmers - Clark County Public Health & Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, August 21, 2007
Advisory lifted at Vancouver Lake - Clark County Public Health, August 9, 2007
Vancouver Lake off limits to swimmers due to algae bloom - Clark County Public Health, July 17, 2007
WSU Vancouver Launches Research on Vancouver Lake Algae - WSU Vancouver press release from April 25, 2007
Scientists provide update on Vancouver Lake effort - The Columbian, July 4, 2007. (Note: Copyrighted Columbian article, available through the newspaper.)
Vancouver Lake Partnership effort gets cooperative boost - October 11, 2006
Advisory lifted at Vancouver Lake - September 11, 2006
Algae tests reveal health hazard at Vancouver Lake - August 09, 2006
Vancouver Lake reopened for water activities - July 20, 2006
Public Health closes Vancouver Lake due to E. coli test results - July 14, 2006
Formation of Vancouver Lake Partnership -June 2004
Get Involved- Member Recruitment- July 2004
News Articles Available from Other Sources:
Shock turns into resolve for rowing club members - The Columbian, Jan. 15, 2008 (Note: Copyrighted Columbian article, available through the newspaper's web site.)
More tools to fight river pollution urged - The Columbian, Jan. 05, 2008 (Note: Copyrighted Columbian article, available through the newspaper's web site.)
Columbia River summit to address pollution - The Columbian, Nov. 29, 2007. (Note: Copyrighted Columbian article, available through the newspaper's web site.)
Gregoire pushes for Columbia cleanup plan - The Columbian, Nov. 09, 2007.(Note: Copyrighted Columbian article, available through the newspaper's web site.)