12 Kansas lakes under public health warning for algae

August 03, 2018 - 5:29 am

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued public health warnings for some Kansas lakes with potentially harmful algae blooms.

Lakes under a warning are Lake Afton in Sedgwick County, Atchison Co. Park Lake, Carbondale West Lake in Osage County, Frazier lake in Grant County, Hodgeman County SFL, Marais Des Cygnes Wildlife Area Lake in Linn County, Melvern Outlet Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond in Osage County, Perry Lake in Jefferson County, South Lake Park in Johnson County, Lake Wabaunsee in Wabaunsee County, and Webster Lake in Rooks County.

Watches were issued for Mary's Lake in Douglas County, Overbrook City Lake in Osage County, and Rock Garden Pond in Shawnee County.

If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. Watches have been lifted at Rooks County State Fishing Lake in Rooks County and Central Park Lake in Shawnee County.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. The KDHE says a scum or a paint-like bright green surface on the water is a sign to avoid contact and keep pets away. Pet owners should be aware that animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.

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