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DEP: Elevated toxin levels found in Pine Run Creek

VIDEO: Algae bloom in Bucks County creek

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The Department of Environmental Protection identified elevated levels of microcystins in Pine Run Creek in Doylestown.

Currently, there are no known or expected impacts to the public drinking water supply. The nearest intake in operation is approximately 25 miles downstream, according to the DEP. 

Microcystins are toxins produced by a naturally occurring algae that does carry risk, but is not regulated by state or federal standards. 

The DEP and Bucks County Health Department advises people not to swim or drink from the creek, and to prevent pets from entering the water until the algae bloom has passed. 

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