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4:56 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Grand Lake Update

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma agency discourages swimming in Grand Lake

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Members of the Grand River Dam Authority board of directors say people should go to Grand Lake to enjoy activities this weekend, but they're strongly discouraging contact with water because blue-green algae has been found.

In a statement on the agency's website, officials on Friday cautioned against recreational activities such as swimming, skiing and the use of personal watercraft on the lake, which remains open.

Gov. Mary Fallin is concerned about the economic damage that could result if people canceled trips to Grand Lake at the last minute. She's said there are other things to do at the lake.

Blue-green algae are naturally present in low numbers in lakes and streams, but can become abundant in warm, sunlit water. It can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.