Klamath Falls, Ore. – An algae bloom has triggered a health advisory for Upper Klamath Lake, and Agency Lake.
The blue-green algae toxins can be hazardous to people, and pets.
Klamath County Health Department Director Courtney Vanbragt notes that swimming in the lake, or drinking the water should be avoided…
“Common side effects from exposure include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. And if you do experience these, please seek medical attention.”
Environmental Health Specialist Lance Lindow says he’ll begin posting warning signs Tuesday…
“On as many accessible areas as we can – most specifically, docks, swimming areas, around the lake.”
The advisory includes all of Upper Klamath, and Agency Lakes.
If you eat fish caught in Upper Klamath Lake, remove the skin, all fat, and all organs, and rinse the fillets before cooking them.
Try to keep kids and pets out of the water, and avoid contact if you’ve got sensitive skin.
Boiling the water, or using ‘camp style’ filters are NOT effective at removing the toxins.
You can learn more online: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/HarmfulAlgaeBlooms/Pages/index.aspx
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.