Health advisory lifted for South Tenmile Lake

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NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Blue-green algae toxins were not found in water samples and the health advisory was lifted Friday for South Tenmile Lake.

The Oregon Health Authority lifted the advisory issued June 12 for the lake, which is located 10 miles north of North Bend.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure, and that the water does not present a problem for pets, officials said.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies.

People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column.

If you observe these signs in the water you're encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions , contact the OHA at 971-673-0400.

For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website.

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