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DHS news release

Dec. 21, 2004


Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180


Technical contacts: Ken Kauffman, DHS (503) 731-4012

Ray Campbell, Josephine County Health Dept. (541) 474-5325

Steve Schalk, Josephine County Parks Dept. (541) 474-5285


Public health advisory lifted for Lake Selmac in Josephine County

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), in cooperation with Josephine County Health and Parks departments, is removing the public health advisory at Lake Selmac in Josephine County.


The advisory has been in place since Sept. 2, when a serious blue-green algae bloom made the water unsafe for drinking or for recreational water contact.


"The lake water is safe for recreational uses, and the drinking water provided at the camp facilities and residences is safe for drinking and all other household purposes," said Ken Kauffman, DHS environmental health specialist.


Kauffman said that at its peak, the bloom was very severe. But the season's cool, cloudy weather, combined with rainfall, have ended the bloom.


Additional information about blue-green algae can be found on the DHS Public Health advisories Web site or by calling the contact persons listed above. Local callers may wish to call the Josephine County Health Department or Parks Department.