KDHE closes lake in Saline County due to toxic algae bloom

August 10, 2018 - 4:14 am

Lakewood Park Lake in Saline County is closed due to a blue-green algae bloom. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Enviornment a closure status indicates that conditions are extremely dangerous for humans and pets. Harmful algal toxins and cell counts are at dangerously high levels. Any kind of contact with the waterbody is prohibited.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has also issued public health warnings for some Kansas lakes. 

Lake Afton, Sedgwick County
Atchison Co. Park Lake, Atchison County
Carbondale West Lake, Osage County
Frazier lake, Grant County
Hodgeman County SFL, Hodgeman County
Marais Des Cygnes Wildlife Area Lake, Linn County
Melvern Outlet Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Osage County Note: Melvern Lake is not affected.
Perry Lake, Zone B (the Slough Creek arm), Jefferson County
Lake Scott State Park, Scott County
South Lake Park, Johnson County
Lake Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee County
Webster Lake, Rooks 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.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. 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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