Blue-green algae found in six Kansas lakes

TOPEKA (KWCH/RELEASE) The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is issuing public health warnings for six lakes due to blue-green algae.

KDHE samples publicly-accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms.

Blooms are unpredictable, and can develop rapidly around the lake. 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.

Pet owners should be aware that animals 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.

Current Warnings:

▪️ Big Eleven Lake, Wyandotte County (unchanged)
▪️ Jerry Ivey Pond, Saline County (unchanged)
▪️ Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Norton County (unchanged)
▪️ Marion Reservoir, Marion County (unchanged)
▪️ Gathering Pond near Milford (Hatchery Supply Pond), Geary County (unchanged)
▪️ Webster Lake (Webster Reservoir), Rooks County (unchanged)

Current Watches:

▪️ Rock Garden Pond, Shawnee County (NEW 7/3/19)
▪️ Lake Shawnee, Shawnee County (unchanged)
▪️ Marion County Lake, Marion County (unchanged)
▪️ Strowbridge (Carbondale East), Osage County (unchanged)

A watch means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop.

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

▪️ Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock.
▪️ Lake water, regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans.
▪️ Water contact should be avoided.
▪️ Fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.
▪️ Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.
▪️ If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible.
▪️ Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.

During the watch status, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

▪️ Signage will be posted at all public access locations
▪️ Water may be unsafe for humans/animals
▪️ Avoid areas of algae accumulation and do not let people/pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
▪️ Swimming, wading, skiing, and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms
▪️ Boating and fishing are safe. However, inhalation of the spray may affect some individuals. Avoid direct contact with water, and wash with clean water after any contact.
▪️ Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.