Sunday, October 30, 2011
At the height of the blue-green algae problem, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued nearly 15 warnings in Kansas, including one for Santa Fe Lake in Augusta. The warning was lifted on Oct. 14.
KDHE officials are crediting cooler temperatures, wind, and some rain, fro helping control the problem.
"As it's gotten cooler and cooler, that list has dwindled down. We're watching it and hopefully we're at the tail end of this blue-green algae season," said Jonathan Larance.
It's been a season that has hurt many businesses who depend on lake visitors. Fishermen in the area were more shocked to see the lack of water in lakes, than the algae warnings.
"Was coming out here to do some fishing but we got out here and didn't realize the water level was so bad out here. I guess I won't be doing any fishing out here," said Darrell Patterson from Wichita.
Those that walked the empty lake said they were glad that the algae problem was going on hiatus but wished there was a lake to fish.
"This has always been a real nice place to come, a good place to bring your family and friends, and just kind of relax 'cause it's kind of a private place. I hope that they are able to re-open," said Patterson.
No lakes in Kansas are under an advisory list but three lakes are currently under warning, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Logan City Lake in Phillips County, and Warnock Lake in Atchinson County.