KDHE issues blue-green algae warning for four Kansas lakes

Kansas health officials say four lakes in the state are under health warnings because of high levels of toxic blue-green algae blooms.

Blue-green algae (AP Photo/Peggy McAloon)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas health officials say four lakes in the state are under health warnings because of high levels of toxic blue-green algae blooms.

In a news release, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the lakes under warning 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 Atchison County Park Lake in Atchison County, Lake Afton in Sedgwick County, Melvern Outlet Pond in Osage County, and in Milford Reservoir (Zone C) in Clay, Dickinson and Geary Counties.

Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a Warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water; only the fillet portion is consumed and all other parts are discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake.  Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a Warning.

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

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