2 reservoirs added to water quality health advisory

Friday, August 4, 2017
Water tested showed the presence of Aphanizomenon, or blue-green algae, at Mountain Home Reservoir. (Photo by Gisselle Raddatz)

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and Central District Health Department expanded a health advisory last week involving the water in two additional reservoirs northeast of Mountain Home.

Recent water samples taken from Long Tom and Mountain Home reservoirs indicate the presence of Aphanizomenon algae.

Commonly known as blue-green algae, it can produce dangerous toxins that are harmful to people, pets and livestock. Those with liver or kidney damage are at an increased risk of illness, health officials said.

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