Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Kansas updates blue-green algae alerts

Meade State Fishing Lake cleared; Milford, Cheney
reservoirs improve to advisory level

TOPEKA – In recent testing of Kansas lakes by the Kansas
Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), blue-green algae
levels in Meade State Fishing Lake were nearly immeasurable,
leading KDHE to remove all alerts. As a result, the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has reopened the
lake to all activities the lake offers, including swimming,
boating, and fishing. In other good news, Milford and Cheney
reservoirs were upgraded from the more severe “warning” level to
the “advisory” level.

KDHE samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae
when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom. When harmful
algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with KDWPT, responds
by informing the public of these conditions.

Health effects from exposure to blue-green algae can vary. The
most common complaints after recreational exposure include
vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, eye irritation and respiratory
symptoms. These toxins also cause deaths in animals.

Blue-green algae do not affect the drinking water in state
parks, and all campgrounds, marinas, and other lakeside businesses
remain open for business.

Based upon the latest sampling results and established health
risk levels, KDHE issues warnings and advisories. A “warning” is
issued when 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)
should not occur.

Current concentrations of algae in the following waters exceeded
the KDHE recommended level of less than 100,000 cells/ml for
recreational water use and are currently under warning:

Santa Fe Lake – Augusta, Butler County;

Memorial Park Lake – Great Bend, Barton County;

Rigg’s Park Lake – Haysville, Sedgwick County;

Warnock Lake – Atchison County;

Harvey County East Lake – Harvey County (new listing); and

Augusta City Lake – Augusta, Butler County (new listing).

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

do not drink lake water;

do not swim, wade, or do anything with full-body contact with lake
water;

clean fish well, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all
other parts; and

keep pets from having contact with or drinking lake water.

An “advisory” is issued when harmful blue-green algae have been
detected. A “Public Health Advisory” indicates that a hazardous
condition exists, but water activities such as boating and fishing
may be safe. However, direct contact with water (wading, swimming)
is strongly discouraged for people and pets.

KDHE has issued an Advisory for the following Kansas public
waters:

Big Hill Reservoir – Labette County;

Logan City Lake – Phillips County;

Marion County Lake – Marion County;

Hillsdale Reservoir – Miami County;

Milford Reservoir – Clay, Geary, and Dickinson counties (new
listing); and

Cheney Reservoir – Reno, Kingman, and Sedgwick counties (new
listing).

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

do not drink lake water;

avoid swimming, wading, or other activities with full body contact
with lake water;

clean fish well, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all
other parts; and

keep pets from having contact with or drinking lake water.

KDHE will continue to monitor these public waters and will update
statements as conditions warrant. More information on algae and
algae blooms, including up-to-date advisories and warnings, can be
found at online at www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm.

 

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