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Tap water beats salmon: Planned spill delayed a week

STAYTON, Ore. (KOIN) -- The US Army Corps of Engineers will delay for at least a week a planned water release at the Detroit Lake Dam to give more time to Salem officials combatting a tap water advisory caused by toxins from an algae bloom feeding the drinking water.

The communities along the North Santiam River were concerned about the release from the dam, which was set for Friday. The concern was whether the toxic algae in Detroit Lake would be in the released water, then get mixed into the Santiam River that some cities and towns use for their drinking water.

The planned spill was to provide the right water temperature for migrating salmon. Last week, the US Army Corps of Engineers delayed a previous spill, also because of the Salem tap water advisory.

Stayton city officials sent a letter to the Corps asking about the travel time of the spilled water, and if toxins are later discovered in Stayton what would be done.

As of now, Stayton and other communities near Salem said their water tests show clean drinking water. The City of Salem announced Thursday their latest results came back clean, but they need one more day of clean results in order to lift the advisory.


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