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USFS Fined for Creek Contamination

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A U.S. agency is being fined over an algae infestation in a Rogue Valley creek.

The U.S. Forest Service faces a nearly $9,000 fine. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality says an algae mat was allowed to escape a USFS nursery and flow down into Jackson Creek.

The Central Point nursery grows trees for national forests. The DEQ says the algae was non-toxic but did impact oxygen levels in the creek, potentially hurting fish.

The agency adds the Forest Service has indicated it will appeal the fine.