ELMORE COUNTY, Idaho (CBS 2) — A health advisory has been issued for Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County after a nasty toxin-producing bacteria has been found.
The Idaho DEQ is warning everyone to stay out of the reservoir after it tested positive for the bacteria also known as blue-green algae.
The toxins from blue-green algae can make people and pets sick.
Health officials are warning everyone to steer clear and make sure pets don't drink the water.
Algae blooms happen when the heat or nutrients promote an uncontrolled growth of algae. The DEQ says the bigger the bloom, the more likely the bacteria will form.
Currently, 16 advisories are in place throughout Idaho. Health advisories issued by Central District Health and DEQ on July 31, 2019 for Mountain Home Reservoir (Elmore County) and Indian Creek and Blacks Creek Reservoirs (Ada County) remain in effect.
From the CDH: