Six lakes continue blue-green algae watch at conclusion of recreational season

Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 5:09 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Six Kansas lakes are still under a blue-green algae watch at the end of the recreational season.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have issued public health advisories for Kansas lakes. It said six remain on watch stats as the recreational season comes to an end on Oct. 31. It said no new advisories are being issued.

According to the KDHE, the lakes on watch status are as follows:

The KDHE said a watch means algae have been detected and a harmful bloom is present or likely to develop. It said residents should avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water. It said the following precautions should be taken during a watch:

  • 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.

According to the KDHE, monitoring or blooms is concurrent with the water recreation season from April 1 to Oct 31. It said for the advisories that are still active, it relies on lake managers to monitor changing conditions.

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