UPDATE: Per Meghan Pembroke…The swimming area is back open…Crews reopened the Silver Lake swimming area at 1 p.m. after a temporary closure for cleanup. Parks crews closed the swim area this morning after they noticed a small amount of green liquid on the lake. The Department of Ecology has confirmed that the liquid is a “dye marker” used by swimmers and divers to increase their visibility in the event of a water rescue. The non-toxic dye is not hazardous to people, animals or the environment.
The public swimming area at Everett’s Silver Lake is closed while crews try to determine the composition of a green liquid seen in the water this morning. Meghan Pembroke, Public Information Director for the city of Everett sent the following explanation by E-Mail to MyEverettNews.com. “Our crews noticed a very small amount of green liquid on the lake this morning and have closed the area to swimming and wading while they clean it up and check in with the appropriate state agencies. Their initial assessment is that the liquid is a dye sometimes used by divers, but they are waiting for confirmation before they reopen the water. They expect to have the swim area reopened before the end of the day.”