Task force contro le cianotossine

NORTH BEND — Tenmile Lakes could kill you.

Well, the cyanotoxins found in blue-green algae in the lake could if you are unlucky enough to come into contact with them.

County officials formed a task force in May to determine the best way to clear the toxins. The levels are too high — enough to cause illness or death for humans and animals.

Solutions so far include forming county ordinances or forming a district to take responsibility for the area, but no plans are finalized yet, said Nikki Zogg, administrator for the Coos County Public Health Department.

Studies have shown that decreased rainfall causes blue-green algae, which contain the toxins, to bloom more, so the less than average rain in October could contribute to the problem. According to the National Weather Service, there was only about 0.76 inches of rain in October, as compared to the average 4.73 inches.



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