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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area closes two ponds for toxic algae

UPDATE: The park service says the bacteria can be harmful to you and your pets which has led to the closure of the areas.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 9:39 AM
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 6:37 PM

UPDATE 6:20 p.m., August 20, 2019 - Whiskeytown National Recreation Area confirmed toxic algae bloom in two ponds.

The park service says the bacteria can be harmful to you and your pets which has led to the closure of the areas.

Whiskeytown Lake is not affected.

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WHISKEYTOWN, Calif. - A new health warning showing up, potentially Toxic algae blooms. This one can impact not only humans but also animals.

The Whiskeytown National Recreation Area posted a new warning that two ponds are closed. The water from those ponds is being tested. They are to the north side of Highway 299, Grizzly Gulch and Second Pond.

There are warning signs posted, it is not yet confirmed if the water contains the toxic algae but just to be on the safe side, it is best to keep animals out of those two ponds.

Toxic Algae is suspected of killing several dogs across the county. Toxic algae can be blue, vibrant green, brown or red, and sometimes are mistaken for paint floating on the water and often stinks.

The warnings out of Whiskeytown are only for those two ponds and not for the lake itself.

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