Milford Lake Remains Under Blue Green Algae Warning

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - Milford Lake will remain under a blue green algae warning following test results from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

This weeks results came back with higher cell counts of blue green algae across Milford Lake with four out of the five locations tested showing cell counts above the warning level.

As a result, this will be the second straight week the lake has been under a full warning.

"It hurts because of the misinformation," said Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau Assistant Director Rick Dykstra. "In other words, not all blue green algae is toxic. An so we will get reports of ‘toxic blue green algae – Milford Lake Closed’ and our lake is open right now. In fact the fishing is fantastic, the boating is fantastic, but there’s just some misinformation."

Under a warning bodily contact with the water is prohibited. There are no restrictions on pleasure boating and fishing; however the impact on area business is already takes its toll.

"The impact is just starting," said Thunderbird Marina Owner John Deam. "We have, I’m going to say it’s a good 50% of your business right now. And I don’t have any figures on that, but I could assure you that. It’s like you see the parking lot up there or the other boat ramps; they’re empty."

KDHE will collect samples again on Monday to continue monitoring conditions.