State, County Officials Issue Harmful Algae Warning For Sonoma Rivers

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Sonoma County health officials posted ‘Toxic Algae Alert’ signs along Salmon Creek Tuesday, warning swimmers and fishermen of the potential dangers hidden below the waterway.

The State Water Resources Control Board said its staff responded to recent sightings of suspected harmful algal blooms in the Russian River, Salmon Creek and Gualala River.

The lab results taken from material collected has confirmed that potentially toxic algal mats are growing on the bottom of rivers and may detach and become stranded on banks.

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