CyanoAlert – dog dies in Oregon

30 July 2011

Public health officials have issued a warning about high algae levels in the South Umpqua River near Myrtle Creek.  The water was tested after a dog died and people saw a scum of algae there, officials said in a news release.   The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association says the South Umpqua River near Myrtle Creek has been added to the warning list for blue-green algae.  Also in  Oregon a health advisory prompted by high algae levels found in Diamond Lake, located seven miles north of Crater Lake National Park.

Analyses performed on lake water samples taken by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have shown that hazardous conditions exist at Cheney Lake in Kingman, Reno and Sedgwick Counties in Kansas.  Also in Kansas, water activities at Milford Lake can resume as normal with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s lifting Thursday of the no water contact warning.  The state has, however, also added Riggs Park Lake in Haysville to the list of lakes under warning for high levels of toxic blue-green algae.

In Oklahoma, samples have been taken from lakes Overholser, Stanley Draper and Hefner.  Apparently the results will only be available in a week – which is dinosaur stuff as what use if finding out next week what the conditions were today??  Toxin tests can now be done at the lakeshore and be available within minutes!

In Nebraska, the state has issued health alerts for three Nebraska lakes.  Officials said Friday that water samples taken from the Lone State Lake in Fillmore County, Rockford Lake in Gage County and Maskenthine Lake in Stanton County showed high levels of a toxin released by blue-green algae. The levels exceeded the state’s threshold.

Ohio’s big pond, Lake Erie, has its blooms back.  They are considered to be just as destructive as in the 1960s when the most productive fishing lake in the world was declared dead. An overload of nutrients was the culprit a half-century ago. It is again, but from a different source.   Farmers from around the region are now being blamed.

From Derbyshire in the UK, East Staffordshire Borough Council has placed the warnings around Branston Water Park, a site popular with runners, anglers and families during the summer holidays.  From Liverpool, tests are being carried out across Wirral after a deadly strain of algae was found in one of the borough’s fishing ponds.  The authority said it cannot confirm reports that dogs have died as a result of the infestation of blue algae, but has closed the Captain’s Pit fishing pond in Wallasey after discovery of the potential health hazard.


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