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Algae bloom in Payette Lake? Officials still awaiting result of second tests


Last week BoiseDev reported the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality would perform additional tests on Payette Lake for an algae bloom caused by cyanobacteria after a dog became ill. 

The DEQ tested the water and reported no signs of “the most common types of cyanobacteria.”

However, a vet later confirmed that the dog was experiencing symptoms that line up with exposure to a neurotoxin, such as cyanobacteria. So the DEQ took new samples last weekend. 

According to a news release, DEQ took samples from the western edge of North Beach, and a northwestern area of the beach between Brown Park and Mile High Marina.

Those results were supposed to be in mid-week, but, have not come in. 

Through an email, Anna Marron from the DEQ said the national lab is doing a “comprehensive analysis on the sample” and added that they “hope to have the results soon.'”

Central District Health has not issued a health advisory for the lake.

[Health advisory issued for Cascade Reservoir]

On August 13, CDH issued a health advisory for Cascade Reservoir due to the presence of cyanobacteria. CDH cautioned that people or pets who recreate in the water, drink the water, or any fish or shellfish living in the water can become ill. 

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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