WICHITA, Kan. -- As Kansans travel to the state lakes or ponds this holiday weekend they should take note that nine bodies of water have been put on warning for blue-green algae, that includes Chisholm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County.
Those looking for a retreat this holiday weekend might be searching for a little R&R at one of the state's parks. That's what brought Larry Srey out to fish here at Lake Afton. He said, "we've never tried it here before and we're pretty new to the area."
However, with many state lakes under blue-green algae alert, he did his homework before making the trip here. He said, "I did look into that to make sure there were no advisories going on at this lake."
Blue-green algae is found in all bodies of water. High amounts of it can extremely toxic. Marc Murrell with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said, "we haven't ever had any deaths attributed to blue green algae blooms in Kansas but people can become sick and they can kill pets that's been documented."
If you come in contact with it symptoms include vomiting, cramps, diarrhea and even respiratory issues. Right now Chisholm Creek Park Lake is the only body of water in Sedgwick county on that warning list for blue-green algae. Murrell said, "warning status, which is the worst which says no contact with the water. No swimming, skiing, that sort of thing."
Experts say use common sense if you come across "pea soup" like water this weekend. "If the water looks nasty, smells disgusting you know you don't want to get in it and you don't want to let your pets drink it."