Kansas health officials issue new Blue-Green algae warnings

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Kansas health officials released its latest list of health warnings and advisories for toxic blue-green algae contamination Friday, and the list is growing.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) says 11 lakes are now under either a warning or advisory for the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae.

The algae is not, in itself, hazardous. However, when it dies it releases chemicals toxic to humans and pets as it decomposes.

Currently KDHE has listed the following lakes in the “Public Health Warning” category:

  1. Brown County State Fishing Lake – Brown County
  2. Cedar Lake – Johnson County
  3. Hiawatha City Lake – Brown County
  4. Deanna Rose Farmstead Pond – Johnson County
  5. Chisholm Creek Park Lake (North) – Sedgewick County
  6. Memorial Park Lake (Veteran’s Lake) – Barton County
  7. Antioch Park Lake – Johnson County
  8. Jewell State Fishing Lake – Jewell County
  9. Lake Warnock (Atchison City Lake) – Atchison County
  10. South Park Lake – Johnson County

Additionally, KDHE has listed Milford Reservoir (North of Farnum Creek) in Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties as being under a “Health Advisory”.

The department, working with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other lake managers issue the list each week, hoping to keep people looking for week-end fun from ending up sick.

For an updated, weekly list simple click here.


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