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Algae bloom at 'warning' level in San Luis Reservoir

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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" level, which means water-contact recreation is not considered safe. Boating continues to be allowed.

In northern Los Angeles County, an algal bloom at popular Pyramid Lake was raised to the "danger" level a week ago. Beaches were closed and people were urged to avoid eating fish from the lake.

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