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Algae Bloom At Fern Ridge Lake Prompts Health Advisory

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The Oregon Health Authority has issued a recreational use advisory for Fern Ridge Lake due to an algae bloom. People are advised to avoid swimming and other high-speed water activities like water skiing and power boating.

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by the bloom are especially dangerous. Activities like fishing, camping, hiking and bird watching are still encouraged at Fern Ridge Lake according to OHA. Boating is safe as long as its not at speeds that could create water spray that might be inhaled. The algae contains cyanotoxins, which can be deadly, especially to children and pets.

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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