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Ohio River Algae Dissipating; W.Va., Ohio Monitoring

Ethan Wells

 The algae that turned the waters of the Ohio River a bluish green is dissipating amid cooler temperatures and rain.

While a health advisory remains in effect, an official with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department says the river is showing clearing and considerably less algae.

Administrator Howard Gamble told the Wheeling Intelligencer-News-Register the river continues to be monitored by several organizations, including Ohio and West Virginia environmental officials.

Gamble said that while the waters are clearing, there has not been a definitive report that the bloom of blue-green algae has completely left local sections of the river.

He said public drinking water supplied by the Wheeling water department continues to be safe to drink.

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