Dangerous algae blooms near Hells Canyon

Idaho DEQ has issued a warning
Posted at 6:37 PM, Jul 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-24 20:37:22-04

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a warning about dangerous algae near Hells Canyon Dam .

Recent water samples taken ten miles north of Oxbow to Hells Canyon Dam indicate high concentrations of blue-green algae that are harmful to people, pets, and livestock.The blooms are generally green, or blue-green, and may form thick mats along shorelines, with an unpleasant odor.

Health officials urge people to stay out of the water and prevent pets from drinking it.