DHHS reminds residents to watch for blue-green algae at local lakes and rivers

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)- The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents to keep an eye out for cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, at local lakes and rivers.

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe’s Environmental Department collected samples with the toxin at the Pump Station four park and downstream of the Blue Lake sewer ponds on the mad river.

Normally, this algae warning comes out between late July and early August but because of this year’s low level of rainfall and low river levels, it seems to be leading to an early season and increase in algal blooms in some locations.

Even though most of the blooms don’t affect animals or humans, some are capable of producing toxins that are harmful.

So, health officials recommend river visitors to avoid all visible algae blooms.