Blue-Green Algae Sparks Warning For Lake Shawnee

By: News Release (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: News Release (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

The following news release is from Shawnee County Parks and Recreation:

Public health officials have issued a warning about toxic blue green algae in Lake Shawnee. Samples were taken Tuesday of this week and came back positive today. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be doing a press release to let the general public know of the presence of blue green algae and advise them of what precautions need to be taken.

KDHE will test the lake again next Monday or Tuesday and have results back Thursday morning. The status will be on a week to week basis. In the meantime parks and recreation staff will be looking at what activities are planned that might put patrons in direct contact with the water and make a decision as to how to proceed.

The department will also post informational signs at key access points that inform the public that the toxin is present and what they need to do to safeguard themselves.

The following additional information is from KDHE:

Public Health Warning: High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) is prohibited.

Kansas public waters currently under a Warning status:
HIAWATHA CITY LAKE, Brown County
LAKE SHAWNEE, Shawnee County (New)
LAKE WARNOCK (Atchison City Lake), Atchison County
LOGAN CITY LAKE, Phillips County
MEMORIAL PARK LAKE (Veteran's Lake), Barton County

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

· Humans, pets and livestock do not drink lake water
· Water contact is prohibited. Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
· Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts
· Do not allow pets to eat dried algae
· If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible
· Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation


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