Public health warning for five lakes due to blue-green algae

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A public health warning has been issued for five lakes and a watch for two due to algal blooms.

Kansans should be aware that blooms are unpredictable. They develop rapidly and may float around the lake.

If there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green make sure to avoid contact and keep pets away.

Activities such as boating, and fishing may be safe during a algae outbreak but direct contact with water is strongly discouraged for people, pets, and livestock.

During an algae outbreak, It is safe to eat fish as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded.

Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake.

Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under warning.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed they will be specifically noted.

The lakes currently under warning and watch status are:

Warning: Marion Reservoir, Marion County

Warning: Milford Reservoir (all zones), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties

Warning: Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County

Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County

Warning: Wolf Pond, Barton County

Watch: Marion County Lake, Marion County

Watch: Overbrook City Lake, Osage County