Oregon reports it’s first algal bloom for 2012

15 July 2012

Oregon commenced with issuing algal warnings back in 2000 – and the state has published many since then. Unlike other early-reporting states, Oregon has only now issued its first alert for 2012 – this for Jacksons Creek.

Kansas has updated its efficient system of advisories related to toxic algal blooms.

A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is prohibited. Kansas public waters currently under “Warning” status:

  • Herington Reservoir, Dickinson County
  • Logan City Lake, Phillips County
  • Marion Reservoir, Marion County
  • Memorial/Veterans Lake – Great Bend, Barton County

 A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. Kansas public waters currently under “Advisory” status:

  • Brown County State Fishing Lake, Brown County
  • Lovewell Reservoir, Jewell County
  • South Lake, Johnson County
A health advisory has been issued for  Jackson Creek (Jackson County, California), while in Vermont blue-green algae have been reported for Burlington waterfront.

In Ontario, Canada, the public is being made aware of the need to be on the alert to the presence of potentially-toxic algae in their recreational waters:
Public health officials are working closely with the state Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation, Ontario County Soil and Water and local town officials to ensure that the community is kept informed about the status of our lakes in regard to blue-green algae.

Residents and visitors may report possible algal blooms in Ontario County to Ontario County Soil and Water at (585) 396-1450. Additional information about blue-green algae is available at the following websites: CDC.govhealth.ny.gov;www.DEC.ny.gov; and co.ontario.ny.us.

Droplets readers will recall the report of very high toxic levels in St Mary’s Lake (BC) some weeks ago.  Recent reports indicate that the levels have subsided somewhat:

Recent numbers put the combined levels of Microcystin LR and YR at approximately 11.5 micrograms per litre (ug/L), down from more than 50 ug/L in mid-June. A further positive sign is the lake’s improved clarity during the past two weeks, according to Ron Stepaniuk, NSSWD’s acting general manager.


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