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Fallin Heading to Grand Lake Despite Warning (Jul 01, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin wants Oklahomans planning on going to Grand Lake over the Independence Day holiday weekend to not cancel their plans.

Fallin is encouraging tourism around the lake after the Grand River Dam Authority said Friday it's discouraging swimming in Grand Lake because of the presence of blue-green algae, which can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

Fallin tells The Associated Press her family planned a trip to Grand Lake for this weekend and is still going. She says there's a lot to do around Grand Lake even if the water is off-limits.

She says there are public pools and golf courses, fireworks shows, an air show, free concerts and numerous tourist attractions in the area. She says she's concerned about the economic impact of the water issue.

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