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Toxic Algae Warnings Issued for 2 Valley Waterways Ahead of Hot Weekend

State water officials are urging caution around two Merced county waterways this weekend over possible toxic algae blooms that can be harmful to people and pets. In some cases, toxic algae exposure can lead to death. The Department of Water Resources issued algae advisories on Friday for San Luis Reservoir...

State Thanks 'Robust' Storms for Higher Water Allocation

Citing the winter's "robust" storms and resulting above-average snowpack, California's Department of Water Resources announced Thursday it will slightly raise the allocation for the State Water Project. The increase from 70% to 75% is the final allocation level for the calendar year, and marks a dramatic increase since the water...

Algae Bloom at 'Warning' Level in San Luis Reservoir

LOS BANOS — The California Department of Water Resources is urging people to avoid contact with the water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County due to a bloom of cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae. The department announced Thursday that the bloom has been elevated from "caution" to a "warning"...