Public Health Warning Issued for Kansas Lakes

Blue-green algae warning for 7 lakes in KS

July 11, 2018 - 5:44 am
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have issued public health warnings for 7 ponds and lakes in the state.  The warned lakes include Atchison County Park Lake in Atchison County, Carbondale West Lake in Osage County, Central Park Lake in Shawnee County, Clarion Woods Park Lake in Shawnee County, Melvern Outlet Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond in Osage County, and Webster Lake in 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. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. 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. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. 

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.

Fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.

KDHE samples publicly-accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.

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