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.