Algae blooms in the Willamette River prompt advisories from Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority has issued an advisory for a large section of the Willamette River after a toxic algae bloom was discovered near downtown Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. — While it’s tempting to cool off in the Willamette River right now, some areas may not be safe. Toxic algae blooms has been reported in a couple locations prompting the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to issue a health advisory for a large section of the river near downtown Portland.

The advisory stretches from the Ross Island Lagoon to Cathedral Park in St. Johns. Excessive heat is to blame for the algae. 

“If the water looks bright blue or green,

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