The Oregon Health Authority has
lifted a health advisory issued July 21 for Odell
Lake, located off Highway 58 in Klamath County, about 31 miles southeast
of the Lane County city of Oakridge.
Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of
blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be
harmful to humans and animals.
Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon
water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People
and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like
paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of
algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.
For local information about water
quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Forest Service at 541-433-3200.
For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment
For health information, to report
human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release,
contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon
Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom program website at
select “Algae Bloom Advisories,” for information regarding advisories issued or
lifted for the season.
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