Mike Dawson, Jefferson County water-quality specialist, sinks a bottle into Anderson Lake to obtain a monthly sample. The water will be tested for temperature, clarity and PH, and other factors. Dawson also will make a visual inspection for algae blooms at the troubled lake, a popular fishing hole south of Port Townsend.
Many algae blooms are harmless. But sometimes they produce poisonous toxins. Most common here is microcystin, which attacks the liver. More rare is anatoxin-a, which mysteriously thrives in sleepy little Anderson Lake. Anatoxin-a can kill a person in less than five minutes.
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