Printer Friendly

Algae bloom taints Hills Creek Lake.

Byline: The Register-Guard

A toxic algae bloom in Hills Creek Lake, located four miles south of Oakridge, has prompted state health officials to warn against drinking the water or eating the fish until further notice.

Children and pets are especially vulnerable, but everybody should avoid swallowing or inhaling water droplets or splashing water on the skin, state toxicologists warn.

Symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning include numbness, tingling and dizziness and can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems - and require immediate medical attention.

Other problems, such as skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting need medical attention when they persist.

Boiling, filtering or treating water will not remove the toxins.

If anglers choose to eat the fish, all fat, skin and organs must be removed before cooking. Officials, however, recommend that anglers practice catch-and-release fishing until the bloom is over. Blooms can last for days or months.

The reservoir will be open for camping, hiking, picnicking and bird watching, but visitors should take care to avoid contact with the water.

For more information, call the Willamette National Forest at (541) 225-6301 or go on the Web to DHS/ph/envtox/maadvisories .shtml.
COPYRIGHT 2006 The Register Guard
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2006, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Environment
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 3, 2006
Previous Article:State begins `certificate of need' review.
Next Article:OBITUARIES.

Related Articles
Forest officials warn of dangerous algae.
City/Region Digest.
Algae bloom prompts closure of lake cove.
Outdoor Digest.
Danger from algae over at reservoir.
Water hazard.
In lakes, blue-green algae densities drop.
Officials warn residents to avoid Hills Creek Lake.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters