The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Department of Public Health has issued a warning to people who fish, swim and boat on the Ohio River after potential toxic algal blooms were found in the river.
Blooms have been observed in Cox Park and Harrods Creek and as far south as West Point, KY. Preliminary test results indicate the toxins being released are above the levels recommended for this area. This discovery has the advisory stretching from the West Virginia state line to the Cannelton Locks and Dam in Hancock County, KY.
The advisory does not apply to drinking water from the city’s water company. All water going through Louisville Water Company is being monitored for toxins and tests have not shown any. However, swallowing untreated river water can cause skin, ear and throat irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.