Algae produce toxins that can be poisonous. Generally the liver is attacked by the toxin. Even a few tsp can be deadly.
Algae Bloom Awareness: You and Your Pet
Since most waterbodies in Oregon are not monitored, OHA staff recommend you become familiar with your surroundings and know the signs of a bloom before you take the plunge.
- Don’t go into water that is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red. A good rule of thumb for you and your pet is; When in Doubt, Stay Out!
- If you believe you or your pet have been exposed to a harmful algae bloom, OHA staff are available to answer health related questions and to receive and document illness reports. We will also provide you with contact information for our partners who can give you the most up-to-date information about local recreation areas, water quality and sampling.
- The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) collects and reviews information on harmful algae blooms, and informs the public through the issuing and lifting of advisories when water sampling data warrants. This information allows people to take protective action to avoid illness before deciding where to recreate. OHA relies on water sampling data provided by our partners. Read more about the water sampling process.
- Here is a link for updates. Currently 7/8/2015 Williamette River is on watch but no advisories yet.Blue Green Algae