KDHE issues blue-green algae alert for nine Kansas lakes

Algae (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas – Kansas health officials say nine lakes in the state are under warnings because of toxic algae blooms.

In a news release, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says lakes under warning for containing blue-green algae aren’t closed, but contact with the water can cause serious illness and should be avoided.

KDHE says high levels of blue-green algae have been found in Brown County State Fishing Lake, Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Harvey County East Park Lake in Harvey County, Hiawatha City Lake in Brown County, McPherson County State Fishing Lake, MCPherson County, Melvern River Pond (Not Melvern Lake) in Osage County, Nemaha State Fishing Lake, Nemaha County and Plainville Township Lake in Rooks County.

KDHE says the water in the lakes should never be consumed by humans, pets or livestock, and should be avoided.

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