Health Advisory: Blue-Green Algae Present in Klamath River
Blue Green Algae Is Present
in the Klamath River
During summer and fall, the presence of blue green algae in the rivers can result in a dangerous buildup of toxins. While near-water activities such as camping, picnicking, biking, and hiking are generally safe, take the following precautions to help protect yourself, your family (including pets), and your friends:
• Keep pets, especially dogs, out of areas containing visible concentrations of algae; do not let them drink river water.
• Do not swim or wade in areas with visible concentrations of algae. Supervise children and pets at all times—they are particularly vulnerable.
• Swimmers should shower and pets should be rinsed with tap water after swimming.
• Do not drink or cook with river water.
• Fish may be consumed after removing guts and liver, and rinsing fillets in tap water.
For more information, contact Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health at
(707) 445-6215 or 1-800-963-9241 or visit the California Department of Public Health online www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/environhealth/water/Pages/bluegreenalgae.aspx