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Toxic algae blooms can happen on the Oregon Coast: Learn how to recognize the danger

There are no current warning along the coast, but Oregon Health Authority's toxicologist David Farrer said to be vigilant. "When it doubt, stay out. If you see floating scum on the surface bright green, blue-ish, then we recommend not going in, whether or not we post an advisory," he said. "In general, it's having the right mix of warm temperature, still water and nutrients." (OHA photo)

LAKESIDE, Ore. - The Oregon Coast isn't immune to the threat of toxic algae blooms, like the one causing problems with drinking water in the state capital of Salem.

Bodies of water like Tenmile Lake in Lakeside have been areas of concern in the past.

There are no current warning along the coast, but Oregon Health Authority's toxicologist David Farrer said to be vigilant.

"When it doubt, stay out. If you see floating scum on the surface bright green, blue-ish, then we recommend not going in, whether or not we post an advisory," he said. "In general, it's having the right mix of warm temperature, still water and nutrients."

Farrer said any body of water could be affected, even a puddle. A permanent warning is in place for pools in the rocks along the South Umpqua River in Douglas County.

Oregon Health Authority relies on the input from community organizations for toxicity threats. Not all bodies of water are tested.

You can visit the Oregon Health Authority website to learn more about how to recognize toxic algae blooms and protest your family and pets.

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