Walterville Pond

Blue-green algae poses threat to recreation and drinking water

Walterville PondA report from Oregon State University concludes that blooms of blue-green algae (or toxic cyanobacteria) are a poorly monitored and underappreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States. It  may also  be a growing global health threat.
Contributing to the concern are rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels. Many rivers have been dammed worldwide, and wastewater nutrients or agricultural fertilizers in various situations can cause problems in rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
No testing for cyanobacteria is mandated by state or federal drinking water regulators, according to the OSU scientists, nor is reporting required of disease outbreaks associated with algal blooms. But changes in climate and land use, and even increasing toxicity of the bacteria themselves, may force greater attention to this issue in the future, the researchers said.

HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED FOR WALTERVILLE POND

 

OR Public HealthOCTOBER 2, 2014: Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

Public Health logoA health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Walterville Pond, located off Hwy. 126.
Walterville Pond is adjacent to the Eugene Water and Electric Board's (EWEB) Walterville Canal, a half mile northeast of the town of Walterville.

High algae levels found at Walterville Pond in Lane County

Walterville PondA health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Walterville Pond, located off Oregon Route 126, five miles east of Springfield. The pond is adjacent to the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) Walterville Power Canal, a half-mile northeast of Walterville.
Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Reduced blue-green algae levels and associated toxins confirmed

A health advisory issued July 27th for the Walterville Pond, located just east of the shopping center on Hwy. 126, was lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority.
The advisory was prompted by high levels of blue-green algae found in the pond in the area of Walterville.
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.

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