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Blue-green algae found in Cape Fear River

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Authorities say that potentially toxic blue-green algae that forced officials in Toledo, Ohio, to shut down that city's water system have been found in the Cape Fear River.

But officials with area water utilities say there is no immediate cause for concern.

Wilmington media outlets report algae was spotted near the intakes for the water utilities in Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

Mike McGill of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority says that the utility has an advanced filter system that destroys and removes the algae and has not had any problems with algae blooms.

Glenn Walker, the water resources superintendent for Brunswick County Utilities, says recent heavy rains have increased water flows in the river, thus decreasing the likelihood for an algae bloom.

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