Oregon lifts algae advisory at Lost Creek Lake

Anglers and waterskiers headed back to Lost Creek Lake this morning after public health officials lifted a voluntary advisory against water contact there caused by a bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae.

Tests on water sampled last week showed that levels of algae and toxins associated with it were below safety thresholds, allowing the advisory to be lifted this morning, according to the state Department of Human Services.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials immediately began taking down signs warning people to avoid contact with the water and to keep their pets on land.

The advisory went into effect June 4 after water samples revealed an outbreak of the potentially toxic algae.

Lost Creek Lake is along the Rogue River 30 miles north of Medford and is Jackson County's largest reservoir.

Today's actions leaves Willow Lake in eastern Jackson County as Oregon's lone body of water to have a public health advisory posted on it for blue-green algae.

The Willow Lake advisory went into effect April 21.

— Mark Freeman

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