Algae Problem Affecting Lake Revenue

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Phones kept ringing throughout the day at Winfield City Lake.

Callers kept asking, "Is the lake safe?"

"Everything is clear. We have the thumbs up. You're able to go swimming and go in the water," said Judy Hudson, the lake's ranger, to a caller.

Hudson said it was too slow for the past month.

Days before Memorial Day weekend, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a blue green algae advisory on the lake.

"We called them in and they came and looked at it and said that we [were] going to have to keep people off the water," said the lake's supervisor John Crow. "I knew it was going to hurt the revenue of the lake some terrible this year, so it's been pretty sparse this year."

According to City Manager Warren Porter, revenue is down from last year for the five revenue sources that include camping, primitive camping, boat storage, area permits, and boat permits.

Year-to-Date revenue collections are as follow:
2012 - $71,032
2011 - $120,248
2010 - $64,960

With the health advisory lifted, the staff is hopeful revenue will return with the more people enjoying the lake.

"It's just good to have it open again, so people can go out on the lake, in the lake water, and do what they want to do in the summer time, especially with the hot days coming," said Hudson.

To contact Winfield City Lake, call (620) 221-5500.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has lifted health advisories for three Kansas lakes.

As a result of this week’s water sampling, the health advisory has been lifted at the following lakes: Milford Lake, Marion Reservoir and Winfield City Lake.

When an advisory has been lifted, health officials say visitors to the lake should still exercise caution and look out for algae blooms in the water, as conditions can change quickly depending on the weather. Some algae blooms can look like foam, or a thick slurry. The blooms can be blue, bright green, brown or red, and they may look like paint floating on the water. However, some blooms may not affect the appearance of the water.

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