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Recreation Water Quality Health Advisories

This page provides information related to current recreation water quality health advisories involving cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (HAB) and E. coli bacteria. The map and information table are updated with the most current information as health advisories are issued and lifted throughout the season.


Remember: Only a fraction of all water bodies in Idaho are monitored due to limited physical and monetary resources. The absence of an advisory is not an indication that a HAB or E. coli is not present at a water body. You are your own best advocate when ensuring your safety, and that of your family and pets. Be aware and "when in doubt, stay out."









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Active Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories

County Waterbody Date Issued Dominant Taxa DEQ Contact
Ada Silver Lake 4/28/2020 Dolichospermum Boise Regional Office, Brian Reese, 208-373-0570
Washington Brownlee Reservoir 7/10/2020 Anatoxin-a, Microcystin Boise Regional Office, Chase Cusack, (208) 373-0550
Adams Hells Canyon Reservoir 7/10/2020 Anatoxin-a, Microcystin Boise Regional Office, Chase Cusack, (208) 373-0550
Kootenai Fernan Lake 7/22/2020 Dolichospermum, Microcystis, Gloeotrichia Coeur d Alene Regional Office, Bob Steed, (208) 769-1422
There are no current E. coli advisories at this time.



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Report a Bloom

While you're recreating, notify us of a possible harmful algal bloom. You can contact one of our six regional offices, send an email to, or download the bloomWatch app. To help us investigate, please provide photos and water body location.

Download the bloomWatch app to learn what to look for and report what you found. Learn more.

Additional Information

Related Pages

Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms

Cyanotoxins: Information for Public Water Systems