Toxic algae gone from Diamond Lake

Toxic algae gone from Diamond Lake
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A health advisory prompted by high algae levels found in Diamond Lake, located seven miles north of Crater Lake National Park on Highway 138, was lifted Tuesday by Oregon Public Health and Jackson County Health Department officials.

The advisory went into effect July 15.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

These reduced levels are not likely to be associated with dangerous toxin concentrations in the water, according to World Health Organization guidelines.

Oregon Public Health advises people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid water contact if there are visible clumps of algae in the water. 

For local information contact the Diamond Lake Ranger District office at 541-498-2531 or 541-793-3310 weekends, or www.fs.fed.us/r6/umpqua/.
 
For health information, contact the Oregon Public Health Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance program at 971-673-0400 or www.healthoregon.org/hab; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or Terry Westfall, Douglas County Health Department at 541-440-3569.