Advisory to stay out of Willamette River lifted, water samples safe

EUGENE, Ore. - Lab samples confirmed a stretch of the Willamette River is safe after an abnormal number of dead fish raised health concerns for people swimming or fishing in the area near Eugene/Springfield.

Lane County Emergency Management said Sunday that "water samples taken from the area of concern do not show any past or present public health threat."

The state departments of Environmental Quality and Fish and Wildlife took samples Friday t further research what was causing the fish deaths.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office advised the public to stay out of the Willamette River near the Mill Race and Island Park downstream to Alton Baker Park until they could test the samples.

The Department of Environmental Quality forwarded their negative lab results to Lane County Emergency Management on Sunday, saying they could cancel the advisory to keep people out of the water.