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DHS news release

Sept. 14, 2005

 

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180

Technical contacts: Dave Stone, DHS (971) 673-0444

Patti Rodgers, Willamette National Forest (541) 225-6305

 

Public health advisory lifted for Hampton public boat ramp and campground at Lookout Point Reservoir

 


 

A health advisory prompted by high algae levels found near Hampton public boat ramp and campground at Lookout Point Reservoir, eight miles northwest of Oakridge, was lifted today by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Willamette National Forest.

 

The advisory went into effect on August 22, 2005.

 

Water sampling by the U.S. Forest Service has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals, said Dave Stone, DHS toxicologist.

 

Stone advises people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert of signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid water contact if there are visible clumps of algae in the water.