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Lake Mead mystery foam not toxic, officials say

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Boaters launch into Lake Mead. (File/FOX5) Boaters launch into Lake Mead. (File/FOX5)

Officials said Monday evening that test results showed a foam that mysteriously formed in Lake Mead over the weekend was not toxic.

A warning was issued to visitors of the national recreation area to avoid a part of Echo Bay after dead carp were found along with the foam.

National Parks Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said the mysterious fish deaths and foam were found in the Overton Arm, where the lake extends north. She said the foam appeared to be coming from the mouth of the Virgin River and stretched about eight miles down to the bay.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority worked with the National Park Service to collect water samples. The agency on Monday said the samples came back clean, containing no toxins.

A spokesman for the Nevada Division of Wildlife said officials are conducting tests on the dead fish to find out what killed them. He said no other types of fish were killed.

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