Blue-Green Algae Warning issued for area lakes

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MARION RESERVOIR, Kan. -- A Blue-Green Algae Warning is in place for a few lakes across the state of Kansas. Marion Reservoir is one of those lakes affected.

The water around the swimming area at Cottonwood Point was turned dark green and had visible algae washing ashore.

The algae is toxic for humans and animals. If a person comes in contact with the water, it can cause a rash and if they swallow some of the water it can cause vomiting or worse. If an animal drinks the water, it can kill it. The KDHE says that any person that swallows the affected water should contact their doctor to see if medical treatment is needed.

Matthew Gallagher was camping at the lake, he did not leave after finding out about the algae outbreak but he did alter his plans. "Our plan was to for the kids to go swimming and do some fishing and hiking and biking, we have done most of that but obviously we are not going to get in the water, its pretty yucky," he said.

The KDHE also issued warnings for Memorial Park Lake in Barton County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.


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