Hayden Lake health advisory lifted

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Anna Zgurski, 6, plays in the water at Honeysuckle Beach on Hayden Lake during a visit to the popular recreation area Wednesday.

COEUR d'ALENE - Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality lifted a health advisory Wednesday for Hayden Lake.

The advisory had been issued last week due to the presence of high concentrations of blue-green algae, but DEQ officials monitoring Hayden Lake said the blue-green algae is no longer a concern. Hayden Lake is safe again for fishing, swimming and domestic water supply use with the appropriate water treatment technology, the departments said.

High concentrations of blue-green algae can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. The concentration of blue-green algae in Hayden Lake is no longer a concern for the presence of harmful toxins.

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