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Advisories issued for Fernan, Hayden

Harmful algal bloom scum near the eastern boat ramp at Fernan Lake. (Idaho Department of Environmental Quality)
Harmful algal bloom scum near the eastern boat ramp at Fernan Lake. (Idaho Department of Environmental Quality)

Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued health advisories for the east side of Fernan Lake and the northern arm of Hayden Lake, near the Sportsman Access. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms have the potential to produce dangerous toxins in areas of the lakes. Pets, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are most at-risk of harmful exposure/Melanie Collett, Panhandle Health District. More here.



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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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