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Toxic algae blooms prompt delay of sustainability group's Ohio River swim event


NEWPORT, Kentucky — A swim across the Ohio River from Cincinnati to northern Kentucky and back has been postponed because of toxic algae blooms found in the river.

Brewster Rhoads is swim chair and a volunteer for the sustainability organization Green Umbrella. He told The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) it's hoped any health threat will be gone by the tentative new date of Oct. 10.

Proceeds from the Great Ohio River Swim are used to promote the organization's website for outdoor events and venues for adults and children in the region.

The Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission says the blooms were first discovered on the river last month in West Virginia and now can be found into parts of Kentucky. A recreation advisory has been in effect since earlier this month and was extended Friday to Cannelton Locks and Dam in Hancock County, Kentucky.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,

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