MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A voluntary advisory has been issued warning people and pets against contact with water in Lost Creek Lake in southern Oregon after tests showed an outbreak of blue-green algae above levels considered unhealthy.
The Mail Tribune reports that water samples taken last week showed that water at the Catfish Cove day-use area has algae levels of more than seven times World Health Organization thresholds for safety.
But water sampled at the Takelma boat ramp area at the reservoir’s southwest side showed levels well below unhealthy standards.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted warning signs Monday at lake boat ramps and swimming areas saying the advisory is voluntary — the first of the year in Jackson County and only the second so far this year in Oregon.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/