Harmful algae bloom at Lake Lowell

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Caution. Harmful algae are currently present at Lake Lowell

Recent samples taken from the water body indicate high concentrations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria, which can be harmful to people, pets, and livestock. Those with liver or kidney damage are at an increased risk of illness.

    Southwest District Health and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) advise taking the following precautions while recreating near or in Lake Lowell while the advisory is in effect:

    • Avoid swimming, wading, or other activities. Take extra precautions to ensure children, pets, and livestock are not exposed to the water.
    • Do not drink or cook with water containing a bloom. Boiling and filtering the water can increase the risk.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling fish caught in water experiencing a bloom. Cyanotoxins can accumulate in fish and the risk to people is being researched. Any fish caught should be cleaned and washed thoroughly in uncontaminated water and any internal organs disposed of before consumption. If people choose to eat fish from this area, filet the fish and remove all of the fat, skin, and organs before cooking.
    • Clean with potable water as soon as possible if water contacts skin or pet fur.

    For more information, see the Public Health Alert or contact Southwest District Health at 208-455-5300.