The St. Tammany Fishing Pier has reopened after tests by the Louisiana Department of Health that indicated that algae toxins in the lake have dropped to levels that make it safe enough to swim. The algae bloom occurred after a record opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway earlier this summer to prevent the Mississippi River from topping its banks. Freshwater flowed through the spillway into the lake, causing the bloom that led to various agencies warning resident to not come in contact with lake water or to eat seafood from it. The health department still recommends that people and pets avoid any waters that have visible algae growth. The pier on E. Howze Beach Road near Slidell is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.