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Blue Green Algae Bloom Found in Lake Oroville

Bloom is being monitored for toxicity.

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 7:03 PM

Oroville, Calif. - State Parks and Department of Water Resources Officials say a significant blue-green algae bloom has been discovered in the North Fork of Lake Oroville.
   While it doesn't pose a danger to swimmers, they say it's a good idea to avoid it.
    Officials confirm they are actively monitoring the algae, and testing for toxins.  Lab tests Thursday morning turned up trace levels of a toxin, but it's far below the level that causes a health concern.
    The clinical name for blue-green algae is Cyanobacteria.
    It's not uncommon in the lake during the summer months. It appears as bright green particles that form streaks, clumps and mats in the water.

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