Thursday, September 01, 2011

Cullaby Lake Health Advisory Lifted!


A health advisory prompted by high algae levels found in Cullaby Lake was lifted Thursday, Sept. 1 by Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and Clatsop County Public Health Department officials.
The lake is again open to swimming, boating and other activities.
The advisory went into effect July 1. The public was warned against contact with the lake water, particularly activities that could result in swallowing or inhaling water.
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 health officials advise 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 health information, contact the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance program at (971) 673-0400 or; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or Clatsop County Health Department at (503) 325-8500.

Released by:
Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

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