MEDFORD — Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday, the state Department of Human Services has lifted a health advisory for Lost Creek Lake.
The agency issued the advisory earlier this month because of high algae levels in the popular lake northeast of Medford.
It is the fourth consecutive year an algae bloom has hit Lost Creek Lake, which is owned and managed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The lifting of the advisory is good news for businesses that make their money from the swimmers, water-skiers and anglers who use the lake that consistently ranks among the state’s busiest.
— The Associated Press
TRAIL, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is trying to get a health advisory lifted at a popular reservoir before the start of the Fourth of July weekend.
Tests this week on water samples collected Friday could prompt state health officials to quicken the lifting of their advisory against contact with water at Lost Creek Lake, northeast of Medford. Continue reading
Cyanobacteria and other phytoplankton blooms have apparently increased as predicted since introduction of grass carp into Devils Lake. But it is not clear is that these blooms pose serious health risks to lake users. American mythology is full of stories about illness and death from “bad water.” Medical literature repeats warnings about exposure to cyanobacteria toxin. However, in current literature there is a paucity of reports of human illness caused by exposure to these toxins in aquatic recreational venues. This is not because most recreational lakes are free of blue-green algae. More than 15 Oregon aquatic venues, including heavily used Detroit Lake and Clackamas River, posted cyanobacteria advisories in the last couple of years.
From the Newport News-Times
June 10, 2009
Water district creates communications committee of volunteers.
After three hours of energetic testimony in opposition to SolarBees from nearly 50 community members in attendance at the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) board meeting Thursday , the board voted unanimously to put the project on hold, at least for now.