Lake Afton under blue green algae warning


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a blue green algae warning for Lake Afton near Goddard Friday due to the health risks caused by the algae in the lake.

According to, the warning issued by the department states that there should be no contact with the water for humans or their pets. This includes swimming, boating, and fishing. If you fish and plan to eat the fish, it says the fish should be "cleaned well" and the guts should be "discarded". If people or their pets touch the water, the warning says to wash that are with clean water. Also, the department said in the warning to contact your doctor if you, "nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, breathing problems or other unexplained illness".

Regardless of the warning, some people are still at the lake trying to make the most of what's left of summer. However, the blue-green tint in the water made by the algae has ruined some campers plans.

"I'll think twice about swimming," said Christina Brown, a camper at the lake.

Brown said she has a dog, but didn't bring it with her since the warning is in place.

"I know she would want to get in the water and I didn't want her to get sick," Brown said.

On top of the harmful algae in the water, Brown said her camper is having issues as well. She had been working on it Friday at her camping spot. Although she may not swim, she said she wants to try to make the most of her time at the lake.

"It was a little downer," she said. "But I can still come out and enjoy the water and the outdoors."

The blue green algae may be affecting the water and Brown's plans, but one fisherman named Jerry Hines said it's not affecting his. According to Hines, he's been baiting his fishing line at the lake for years, casting into the water and enjoying what he said is the peace and quiet there.

"This is just a good past time for me," he said. "Even when I was a youngster I would come out here with my mom and dad."

Hines said he catches the fish and releases them and regardless of the warning, he said that's something he wants to continue to do.

"I'll continue to do it out here, yes," Hines said. "I enjoy fishing out here, peace and quiet."

Samples are taken of the water every Monday and the results are reported the following Thursday.