TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), responds by informing the public of these conditions.
Based upon sampling results and established health risk levels, the following warnings and advisories are in place. (* denotes a new listing.)
WARNING: High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected at the following public waters. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) should not occur. Current concentrations of algae in these waters exceeded the KDHE recommended level of less than 100,000 cells/ml for recreational water use.
Kansas public waters currently under warning:
Memorial Park Lake, Great Bend, Barton County
When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
* Do not drink lake water
* Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
* Clean fish well, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts
* Keep pets from having contact with or drinking lake water
HEALTH ADVISORY: Harmful blue-green algae has been detected at the following public waters. A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people and pets. Additionally, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken: do not drink the lake water; clean fish well and consume only the fillet portion, discarding all other parts and keep pets from having contact with or drinking the lake water.
Kansas public waters currently under advisory:
Augusta City Lake, Augusta, Butler County
Harvey County East Lake, Harvey County
Harvey County West Lake, Harvey County
Logan City Lake, Phillips County
Warnock Lake, Atchison County (Downgraded from a Warning to an Advisory)