Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued public health warnings for 4 Kansas lakes, where high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected.
The affected lakes are Memorial/Veterans Lake in Great Bend, the Marion Reservoir, Marion County Lake, and Winfield City Lake.
A public health warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe, and direct contact is prohibited. That means no wading, skiing, or swimming.
The KDHE recommends people, pets, and livestock avoid drinking the water in the mentioned lakes. Animals should not be allowed to eat any dried algae.
Also, if you plan to fish in any of these lakes, clean the fish and rinse with water before consuming only the filet, and discard all other parts.
If the lake water comes into contact with skin or fur, wash the affected area as soon as possible.
The KDHE has also issued an advisory for Old Herington City Lake in Dickinson County, which indicates that activities like boating and fishing may be safe, but direct contact with water is strongly discouraged.
For up to date lake conditions, call 1-855-HAB-LAKE (1-855-422-5253)