News Flash Home
The original item was published from 9/19/2019 4:56:00 PM to 11/1/2019 12:00:01 AM.

News Flash

Home

Posted on: September 6, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Blue Green Algae

HP Blue Green Algae_news flash

Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ Environmental Health unit investigated the death of a dog suspected of being exposed to blue-green algae (BGA) after swimming at a pond in Rincon Valley Community Park on September 9, 2019.

Test results detected low levels of BGA toxins (Cylindrospermopsin and microcystin) in the pond water at Rincon Valley Community Park.

Based on this information and with communications with the treating veterinarian, BGA exposure was the most likely cause of death for the dog involved in the incident.

Additionally, test results showed low levels of the BGA toxins, (Cylindrospermopsin and microcystin) have been detected in Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa, which is operated by the County of Sonoma; and blooms of Blue Green Algae that are potentially toxic (though unconfirmed by testing) have been intermittently spotted near the dock and boat launch at the City of Santa Rosa's Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park. As a precaution, boating activities at Lake Ralphine have been canceled whenever these naturally occurring algae blooms are located in the area.

Signage has been posted warning the public of the potential presence of BGA in bodies of water at Santa Rosa City parks, including at Rincon Valley Community Park, Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park, Fountain Grove Lake at Nagasawa Park, the holding pond at A Place to Play Park, and Francis Nielsen Park. Signage has also been posted at Spring Lake Regional Park.

Swimming or dogs in the water are not allowed at any Santa Rosa City park and have not been allowed in the past.

Blue Green Algae can be dangerous to people and pets, always follow these important safety guidelines:

  • No Swimming
  • Do not let children or pets go into or drink the water, or go near scum
  • Stay away from algae on shore, isolated side pools, and scum
  • Do not drink water or use for cooking. Boiling or filtering water will not make it safe
  • For fish caught in this water, throw away guts and clean with bottled water before cooking
  • Call your doctor or veterinarian if you or your pet get sick after going in the water

For more information about Blue Green Algae, please visit: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Environmental-Health/Water-Quality/Blue-Green-Algae/

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

CP_Maraskeshia Smith

Santa Rosa 2022: A Year in Review

Posted on: January 26, 2023
CityBus Electric Bus Ribbon Cutting

City to Launch Four New Electric Buses

Posted on: December 22, 2022
News Flash_Drought Update

Water Supply Update - Dec. 7, 2022

Posted on: December 7, 2022
Zero Waste Holiday Entertaining

Zero Waste Holidays: Entertaining Tips

Posted on: December 1, 2022
News Flash_Daylight Saving Time_Fall Back

Daylight Saving Time

Posted on: November 3, 2022
News Flash_Turn Off Irrigation

It’s Time to TURN OFF Your Irrigation

Posted on: November 1, 2022
NF_Break Out the Rake

Break Out the Rake!

Posted on: October 26, 2022
NF_Leaf Season 1

Where You Leave Your Leaves Matters!

Posted on: October 20, 2022
NF_CoolingCenter2

Excessive Heat Event Update

Posted on: September 8, 2022
News Flash_Thunder Lightning_8.16.22

Chance of Dry Lightning

Posted on: August 16, 2022
covid19

CDC Streamlines COVID-19 Guidance

Posted on: August 11, 2022
News Flash_Tree Care

Help Your Trees Survive Drought

Posted on: August 10, 2022
News Flash_Summer Popup

Saving Water Summer Pop Ups

Posted on: July 7, 2022
NF_Zero Waste Week

2022 North Bay Zero Waste Week

Posted on: June 30, 2022
News Flash_Heat Advisory_6.20.22

Heat Advisory - Tuesday (6/21)

Posted on: June 20, 2022
Know Your Emergency Alerts

Know Your Emergency Alerts

Posted on: June 2, 2022
News Flash_Heat Advisory_6.8.22

Heat Advisory – Friday (6/10)

Posted on: June 8, 2022
Cash for Grass

Cash for Grass Rebate

Posted on: May 23, 2022
RES Asset Map_NF

New Real Estate Asset Map

Posted on: January 26, 2022
News Flash_City Logo

Questions About Evacuation Tags?

Posted on: May 21, 2021
NF_Vaccine Ride

When Vaccination is Your Destination

Posted on: February 16, 2021
PED_newsflash_permitsantarosa_300x189

Permit Santa Rosa

Posted on: December 28, 2016
NF_HomelessSolutionsStrategicPlan

Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan

Posted on: April 28, 2022