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Toxic Algae Prompts Lake Warnings

KSAL StaffJuly 12, 2013

Toxic blue-green algae is prompting health warnings at several area lakes. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment four lakes are under warning and one is under advisory.

CURRENT WARNINGS & ADVISORIES:

Public Health Warning: High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) is prohibited.

Kansas public waters currently under a “Warning” status:

LOGAN CITY LAKE, Phillips County

MARION RESERVOIR, Marion County (West of the City of Marion, not Marion County Lake)

MEMORIAL PARK LAKE (Veterans Lake), Barton County

SOUTH PARK LAKE, Johnson County

When a Warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

* Humans, pets and livestock do not drink lake water
* Water contact is prohibited. Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
* Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts

* Do not allow pets to eat dried algae

* If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible

* Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation

Public Health Advisory: Harmful blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock.

Kansas public waters currently under an “Advisory” status:

MILFORD LAKE, Geary County

When an Advisory is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

* Humans, pets, and livestock do not drink untreated lake water
* Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, discarding other parts
* Do not eat or allow pets to eat dried algae
* If lake water comes in contact with skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible
* Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation

When a lake is under an Advisory or Warning, marinas, lakeside businesses, and park camping facilities remain open for business, although swim beaches will be closed. Park drinking water and showers are safe and not affected by the algae bloom. Also, it is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as consumers clean and rinse the fish with clean, potable water; consume only the fillet portion; and discard all other parts. People should also wash their hands with clean, potable water after handling fish taken from an affected lake.

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