Watch out for algae

County health officials are warning visitors about potentially deadly algae mats found near San Gregorio State Beach. Photo courtesy San Mateo County

Water sampling at San Gregorio State Beach on the South Coast has revealed the presence of toxic algae in San Gregorio Creek lagoon. County health official said on Friday the algae is hazardous and that visitors should avoid the creek.

In coordination with the San Francisco Bay Quality Control Board, San Mateo County’s Environmental Health Services has posted notices at the state beach, warning users not to enter the creek or allow children or pets to do so.

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