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Toxic Algae Levels in Wells Reservoir Decrease

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Toxic Algae Levels in Wells Reservoir Decrease

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September 19, 2012
Of four samples collected last week, two samples showed no toxins.  The other two samples contained levels that are considered very low, almost undetectable. Algae bloom is now hard to find in the reservoir, which is an improvement from early September when floating algae mats were easily detected.The “algae bloom” actually is a blue-green photosynthetic bacteria called cyanobacteria. Under certain conditions, the cyanobacteria can produce several different toxic compounds including a compound called anatoxin-a, a naturally occurring nerve toxin which has proven lethal to some animals if ingested at high concentrations.

Douglas PUD will continue to collect and test samples once a week for the remainder of September.

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