Four Kansas lakes under blue-green algae Warning

July 28, 2017 - 5:23 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (KNSS) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism have issued a public health warning for four lakes and a watch for four lakes due to harmful algal blooms. 

Parts of Milford Reservoir are under a warning for blue-green algae. Other areas are in watch status. Marion Lake and Marion Reservoir in Marion County are in warning status.  Webster Lake in Rooks County is also under a warning.  Other lakes in watch status include: Overbrook City Lake in Osage County, Sam's Pond in Hamilton County, and South Lake in Johnson County. 

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business.  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.

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