Thinking of getting out of town this next weekend? Cougar lake is still currently at risk for toxic algae blooms.
High levels of blue green algae have prompted a warning to be issued by the Oregon Department of Public Health and the Lane County Health Department for Cougar Lake, north east of Eugene on Highway 126.
Blue green algae are water born bacteria which contains neuro toxins that may be life threatening to humans and animal life.
Oregon Public Health officials advise campers at visitors to the lake that toxins of blue-green algae cannot be removed by boiling water, filtering or other treatment. Drinking of the water is considered dangerous.
Before you finalize your plans, further information is available by telephoning the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance Program on 971-673-0400 or on the internet at www.healthoregon.org/hab.
The Oregon Public Health Division also matins a toll free number for this and other health inquiries at 877-290-6767.