Health alerts issued for five Nebraska lakes, including two in Lancaster County – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-07-23 12:38:37 –

Lincoln, Nebraska (KMTV) —According to a news release from Nebraska, authorities have warned of harmful algae flowers (HAB), also known as toxic turquoise algae, at the Maskenthine Reservoir in Stanton County, Nebraska. Issued. Creek Reservoir in Pierce County, Karamas Reservoir in Loop County, Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County, Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County (east and west beaches).

Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County and Swan Creek Lake (Willardmeier Recreation Area) in Saleen County are still paying attention to their health.

Samples taken earlier this week in these lakes exceed the 8 ppb threshold for total microcystin, a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green algae. Based on recommendations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2019, Nebraska concludes that the new EPA threshold is based on the best available scientific evidence and protects public health. Later, I adopted this limitation.

When a health alert is issued, a warning sign will be posted and the designated beach will be closed during the alert. Recreational boating and fishing are permitted, but the general public is advised to be careful and avoid exposure to water. In particular, avoid activities that may swallow water. Do not put your pet in water or drink it from the lake. People can still use public areas for camping, picnics and other outdoor activities.

Weekly sampling has been conducted on 53 public lakes since the first week of May. The lake will continue to be monitored weekly until the end of September. HAB and bacteria sampling results are updated every Friday and posted on the NDEE website.

State surveillance takes place in public lakes with beaches and active public activity. HAB can also be present in other untested lakes in Nebraska, so the general public should be careful if there are signs of blue-green algae.

See below for more information on what to look for, the potential health effects of HAB, and steps to avoid exposure. Fact sheet..

To view weekly data on sampled lakes, visit the following URL:

NDEE sampling partners include Central District Health Department, Nebraska Public Power District, Upper Republican Natural Resources District, Lower Republican NRD, South Platte NRD, Middle Niobium Lara NRD, Lower Loop NRD, Nemaha NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD, and the United States. Includes Army Engineers. Engineer.

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Health alerts issued for five Nebraska lakes, including two in Lancaster County Source link Health alerts issued for five Nebraska lakes, including two in Lancaster County

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