Recreational Public Health Advisory lifted for Maumee River in Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - A recreational health advisory due to toxic blue-green algae in the Maumee River has been lifted.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department notified the public of the lift Tuesday afternoon after water tests confirmed the algae bloom was no longer present.

The health advisory had been in place since September 21st.

In a statement, health department officials advise citizens to always be alert of potential harmful algae in the area's waters by saying, "People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water."

The statement goes on to read, "If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities."