Health advisory lifted for toxic algae levels at Magic Reservoir

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – A health advisory that was issued for Magic Reservoir has been lifted.

In October, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) and the South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) put out a health advisory after laboratory results show toxic levels of a Microcystins, also known as a blue green algae bloom.

The advisory was lifted after recent lab results showed Microsysin levels have dropped below what the World Health Organization considers harmful, according to a news release.

Samples in September showed 136 micrograms of Microcysins per liter of water. Samples in October showed the level had dropped to 0.34 micrograms per liter of water.

“Harmful Alga Blooms will likely be a seasonal problem for south central Idaho and the problem may become worse before it gets better,” said Dr. Balthasar Buhidar, Ph.D., Water Quality Manager with IDEQ. “Our region needs several years of cold winters followed by good spring run off to flush our water systems. Until that happens, Blue-green Algae blooms will continue to spread.”

South Central Public Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality advise users of the reservoir to be cautious in and around areas were the algal bloom is still visible.

Click here to read the full news release.


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