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Six lakes under warnings for blue-green algae

TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says six Kansas lakes are under a warning for blue-green algae.

When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other lake managers where appropriate, responds by informing the public of these conditions

Kansas public waters currently under a Warning status are:

MARION RESERVOIR (Separate from Marion County Lake), Marion County
MEMORIAL PARK LAKE (Veterans Lake), Barton County
MILFORD RESERVOIR (Partial Warning: North of Farnum Creek), Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties
SOUTH PARK LAKE, Johnson County
LAKE WARNOCK (Atchison City Lake), Atchison County
CEDAR BROOK POND, Sedgwick County

When a Warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Humans, pets and livestock do not drink lake water
  • Water contact should be prohibited. Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
  • Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts
  • Do not allow pets to eat dried algae
  • If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation

Kansas public waters currently under an Advisory status:

OLD HERINGTON LAKE, Dickinson County
MILFORD RESERVIOR (Partial Advisory: South of Farnum Creek),Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties
JEWEL STATE FISHING LAKE, Jewel County

When an Advisory is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Humans, pets, and livestock do not drink untreated lake water
  • Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, discarding other parts
  • Do not eat or allow pets to eat dried algae
  • If lake water comes in contact with skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation
 

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