High levels of algae toxin detected at the Detroit Reservoir prompted the Oregon Health Authority on May 15 to issue a warning to avoid its waters. The warning was lifted the following week, but the incident served as a reminder that the North Santiam River and its tributaries can sometimes hold blue-green algae toxins.
High toxin levels found in reservoir in Linn and Marion counties. A health advisory is being issued today for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River in Linn and Marion counties. Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce.
PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, announced a $100,000 grant in support of Oregon Health & Science University's Knight Cancer Challenge, a fundraising campaign inspired by a pledge from Phil and Penny Knight to provide $500 million to fund pioneering cancer research if OHSU can raise an equal amount in two years.
Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers from Oregon State University are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis.
With the warm weather returning to the mid-Willamette Valley over the weekend, Oregon public heath officials are warning of the likely contact between humans, pets, and bats.