Blue-Green algae present in eight Kansas lakes

July 02, 2017 - 1:34 am

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism has issued a public health warning for eight Kansas lakes due to a blue-green algae breakout. 

KSN-TV reports that activities such as boating and fishing are usually considered safe when a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae.  Direct contact with water is discouraged. 

A lake can be under a watch or warning for blue-green algae and remain open. Marina, park camping, and businesses stay open. According to the KDHE fishing is allowed although thoroughly washing a fish before processing is highly encouraged. 

The lakes are under a watch or warning are:
Warning: Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Norton County
Warning: Kirwin Lake, Phillips County
Warning: Marion County Lake, Marion County
Warning: Marion Reservoir, Marion County
Warning: Milford Reservoir, Zone C, Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
Warning: Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County
Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County
Warning: Wolf Pond, Barton County
Watch: Milford Reservoir, Zones A and B, Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
Watch: Overbrook City Lake, Osage County


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