Toxic Algae Warning Issued for Popular Valley Swimming, Boating Spot

State authorities issued a danger advisory for San Luis Reservoir in Merced County on Friday due to toxic levels of blue-green algae in the water. ...

July 2, 2022
9:44 AM

State authorities issued a danger advisory for San Luis Reservoir in Merced County on Friday due to toxic levels of blue-green algae in the water. The Department of Water Resources said people should avoid contact with the water and avoid eating fish or shellfish from the lake. Boating will be allowed but swimming and other water-contact recreation is not considered safe, the department said. Pets should also be kept away. Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can cause eye irritation, rashes, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms resembling colds and the flu.

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