August 18, 2011
More area lakes, including two in Augusta and one in Haysville, have been placed under warnings for blue-green algae outbreaks, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said today.
A warning means high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected in public waters. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) should not occur. Current concentrations of algae in these waters exceeded the KDHE recommended level of less than 100,000 cells/ml for recreational water use.
Kansas public waters currently under warning:
Santa Fe Lake, Augusta, Butler County
Memorial Park Lake, Great Bend, Barton County
Rigg’s Park Lake, Haysville, Sedgwick County
Warnock Lake, Atchison County
Harvey County East Lake, Harvey County
Augusta City Lake, Augusta, Butler County
Logan City Lake, Phillips County (Upgraded to Warning from Advisory)
When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
· Do not drink lake water
· Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
· Clean fish well, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts
· Keep pets from having contact with or drinking lake water
ADVISORY: Harmful blue-green algae has been detected at the following public waters. A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people and pets. Additionally, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken: do not drink the lake water; clean fish well and consume only the fillet portion, discarding all other parts and keep pets from having contact with or drinking the lake water.
Kansas public waters currently under advisory:
Big Hill Reservoir, Labette County
Marion County Lake, Marion County
Hillsdale Lake, Miami County
Milford Lake, Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties
Cheney Lake, Reno, Kingman and Sedgwick Counties
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