Idaho DEQ issues warning about algae at Brownlee, Snake River

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued a public health alert Wednesday about blue-green algae bloom affecting public lands and waterways including Brownlee Reservoir and the Snake River.

The affected portion of the Snake River runs north of Oxbow, Idaho to the Hells Canyon Dam. The Southwest District Health Department issued a similar alert for that area earlier this summer.

The DEQ advises people to stay away from algae blooms, and keep their pets and livestock away from them. Swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of the affected water should be avoided. Fish caught in algae bloom areas should be rinsed with clean water, and only the fillet portion should be consumed, DEQ reports.