Blue-green algae prompts warning on local lakes

By Adam Strunk

If you’re planning on doing some fishing or boating anywhere in South Central Kansas, there’s a growing list of lakes you’re going to have to avoid.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has updated its growing list of lakes with Blue Green Algae present.

Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) produces toxins that can harm or even kill pets and people. It thrives in warm, nutrient-rich waters.

According to the KDHE these toxins can be absorbed by ingestion, inhalation of aerosols and even skin contact. Children and dogs are more susceptible to toxin exposure. Blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable, and conditions can change quickly. All lake visitors should use caution and remain vigilant. 

The area around the lake remains open but the state asks people to avoid all contact with water, including fishing and boating.

Here’s the list of area lakes under the warning:
Harvey County East Lake, Colwich City Lake, Lake Afton, Marion County Lake, Marion Reservoir.


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