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Safety on Devils Lake: Reflections of a Healthcare Professional

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.
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Devils Lake SolarBee Plan on Hold

Kate Rowland
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.

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