Summer of 2018: Watch Out for the Green Water, Salem Oregon Water Supply Compromised

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 12 June 2018



Salem Water Supply Turns Green

Salem drinking water contaminated, children advised to avoid tap water,
KGW8 Portland, May 31, 2018.

"Low levels of toxins caused by algae blooms in Detroit Lake have been discovered in Salem's drinking water..."

"The toxins originated with algae blooms first detected last week in Detroit Lake. That water continues down the North Santiam River, which becomes the Santiam Canyon and City of Salem's drinking water source."

"Other affected cities include Turner and Stayton."

"Algae blooms in Detroit Lake are common in the late spring and early summer. But the algae blooms observed this year appear to be more widespread and potent."

"There are about 185,000 people who live in the cities that draw their municipal drinking water from the North Santiam River, not including farms in rural communities that draw water from the river."

"People with compromised health and immune systems also are being told not to drink tap water."

"Bottled water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice and preparing food and beverages for the affected groups, officials said."

"By Tuesday evening, grocery stores across Salem were already reporting a growing shortage of bottled water following reports of the fouled water supply."


Backpacker's Takeaway

Watch Out for the Green Water, now more than ever, especially this year. Increasing temperatures combined with decreased snowpack have reduced the volume and pressure of Spring Runoff flows, bringing the potential for stagnant, greening waters up, and earlier during the traditional Summertime backpacking and hiking season.

So, Watch Out for the Green Water, train the kids to be observant and careful, while keeping the dogs away from this deadly risks. We get a few of man's best friends biting the big bone in the sky due to Green Water every year.



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