Water Quality Division

Ken Fetcho
Assistant Director
Water Division kfetcho@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707)-954-1523 cell
707-482-1822 x 1002 office

Scott Sinnott
Environmental Specialist
Water Quality ssinnott@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707)-954-1337 cell
(707) 482-1822 x 1003 office

Micah Gibson
Environmental Specialist
Hydrology mgibson@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707) 954-1996 cell
(707) 482-1822 x 1004 office

Bill Patterson
Environmental Specialist
Wetlands wpatterson@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707)954-1865 cell
(707) 482-1822 x 1001 office

Yurok Tribe
Klamath Office
15900 Hwy 101 N
PO Box 1027
Klamath, CA 95548

What Should I Do During Blooms?

blue green algea pool

Klamath River at Weitchpec, September 25th, 2007.
Notice the Blue Green Algae bloom in the river.


Limit Activities During Blooms:

  • Donít wade or swim in water containing visible blooms or water containing algal material.

  • Donít drink the water. Untreated open surface water can contain harmful bacteria, parasites as well a algae toxins.

  • Carefully watch children and pets to limit exposure and avoid accidental ingestion of water.

  • When gathering on or near the river, avoid gathering in areas where algae has been blooming.

  • Fish may be consumed after removing guts and liver. Rinse fillets in tap water, not river water.

  • Do not drink or cook with river water. Boiling the water will not remove the toxins.

Question: Why do we worry about the Blue Green algae in the river?

Answer: Because some Blue Green algae can release toxins that can cause illnesses. Symptoms include:

  1. Skin Rash and Irritated Eyes
  2. Stomach Cramps
  3. Vomiting
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Fever

I've Been Exposed! Now What?

Contact your physician immediately! This is important. They will be able to tell you as what to do next. If you pet has been exposed, call or visit your veterinarian.

Additional Information:

California Department of Health

Humboldt County Health Department: (707) 445-6215 or 1-800-963-9241

Yurok Tribe Environmental Program: (707)482-1822 or (707)482-1350

United Indian Health Service: (707)825-5010

Oregon Department of Human Services

World Health Organization


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