Algae Bloom Advisories Continue To Spread Down River


 The southern part of Marshall County is now dealing with the toxic blue-green algae problem that has plagued Wheeling and the Ohio County the past few weeks.

On Thursday, the Marshall County Health Department released a statement saying current levels of the algae tested are very high and are cautioning against water activities until the blue-green algae blooms return to safe levels..

Further south, the Wetzel-Tyler Health Department says tests at the Hannibal Locks and Dam also detect high levels of blue-green algae and citizens of New Martinsville are asked to refrain from any contact with the Ohio River.

In Ohio County the health advisory continues. Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator Howard Gamble says the health department is monitoring the river, along with the City of Wheeling, WVBPH and ORSANCO.  

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has also issued an advisory for this weekend’s race boat participants. Participants are advised to clean off all boats, equipment, clothes and exposed skin with clean water. They are also asked to use hand sanitizer after washing with clean water and before touching food, water or people.

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