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Three Kansas lakes under blue green algae warnings

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TOPEKA, Kan Three lakes in Kansas have been placed under warnings for blue-green algae.

Kansans should be aware that blooms can develop rapidly, requiring lake visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface, or the water is bright green, avoid contact and keep pets away. These are indications that a harmful bloom may be present. KDHE and KDWPT urge dog owners to be particularly mindful of the presence of blue-green algae. Dogs that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.

Based upon sampling results and established health risk levels, the following Warnings and Advisories are remain in place from the previous sampling season.

CURRENT WARNINGS & ADVISORIES

Public Health Warning: High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) should be prohibited.

Kansas public waters currently under a Warning status:

MEMORIAL PARK LAKE (Veteran's Lake), Barton County

MILFORD LAKE, Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties

OLD HERINGTON LAKE, Dickinson County

When a Warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

· Humans, pets and livestock do not drink lake water

· Water contact should be prohibited. Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water

· Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts

· Do not allow pets to eat dried algae

· If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible

· Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation

Public Health Advisory: Harmful blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock.

Kansas public waters currently under an Advisory status:

LAKE WARNOCK (Atchison City Lake), Atchison County

LOGAN CITY LAKE, Phillips County

When an Advisory is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

· Humans, pets, and livestock do not drink untreated lake water

· Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, discarding other parts

· Do not eat or allow pets to eat dried algae

· If lake water comes in contact with skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible

· Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation


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