Detroit Lake

Detroit Lake

Zach Urness/Statesman Journal

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett is calling for an investigation into the toxic algae bloom at Detroit Lake blamed for fouling the city’s water supply.

Toxic algae blooms have been a common occurrence at the reservoir east of Salem, which serves as the source of the city’s water supply.

But this year is the first time those toxins have infiltrated Salem’s water supply at levels high enough to cause harm to vulnerable residents.

Bennett wants to investigate what’s causing the toxic blooms, which Oregon officials say could become more common due to the impact of climate change.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.