Health Advisory Lifted at Lake

Corps Stays With Algae TestLOST CREEK LAKE, Ore. — A health advisory issued Sept. 13 for Lost Creek Lake has been lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. High levels of blue-green algae in the lake prompted the initial advisory. The lake is located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the levels of blue-green algae and associated toxins have reduced since the advisory took affect.  These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans or animals.

Oregon Health Officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. They say people and their pets should avoid contact with the water if it’s foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, of it a mat of algae is visible in the water.

If you would like to get local information on water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255. To report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-

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. You can also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom program’s website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select “Algae Bloom Advisories,” for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.