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OHA Lifts Health Advisory For Fern Ridge Reservoir

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Chris Shubothe
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ODFW

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a recreational use advisory issued for Fern Ridge Reservoir in Lane County.

  

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins are at safe recreational values. But, officials advise visitors to be alert to signs of algae blooms, which can develop and disappear on any water body at any time under favorable conditions.

People, especially small children and pets, should avoid recreating in areas where water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green or blue-green, or if thick brownish-red mats are visible or bright green cells are suspended in the water. 

More info from OHA:

If you see these signs avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

Cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. When a bloom dies, toxins released may reach into clear water around the bloom. Blooms can be pushed into other areas, leaving behind the toxins released. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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