Public Health Advisory Listed on Mormon Reservoir: Blue-Green Algae Related

Mormon Reservoir - A Public Health Advisory related to blue-green algae toxins has been issued on June 23, 2017. There were hopes the high water and cooler spring might stave off a repeat of 2016, but it appears as though conditions are such that a hazardous algae bloom in Mormon Reservoir has warranted a Public Health Advisory issued by South Central Public Health District.

mormon reservoir, hazardous algae bloom, public health advisory, 2017
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Balthasar B. Buhidar, Ph.D.; IDEQ

"Take the following precautions when an advisory is in effect:

* Avoid exposure to water experiencing a harmful algal bloom. Take extra precautions to ensure children, pets, and livestock are not exposed to the water.

* Do not consume water with a blue-green algae bloom. Neither boiling nor disinfecting removes blue-green algae toxins from water.

* If fish are known to have been exposed to a blue-green algae bloom, only consume the filet portion (remove the fat, organs, and skin). Wash hands after handling. The risk associated with consuming fish caught in waters with a blue-green algae bloom is unknown. Toxins produced by blue-green algae can accumulate in the organs of fish." (http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/surface-water/recreation-health-a...).

mormon reservoir, hazardous algae bloom, public health advisory, 2017
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Balthasar B. Buhidar, Ph.D.; IDEQ

Public Health Advisories will remain in place until samples indicate toxic conditions are no longer present. Past Advisories have remained in place as late a fall to early winter months. See below to monitor any advisory status in Idaho and to get more information.

OTHER SOURCES:

Current Water Quality Health Advisories: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/surface-water/recreation-health-a...

Algae info: https://www.deq.idaho.gov/media/60178585/harmful-algal-blooms-brochure.pdf