KDHE updates their public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-07-29 17:59:58 –

Topeka, Kansas (KSNW) – The Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Department of Wildlife Parks (KDWP) of Kansas have issued several public health recommendations for lakes in Kansas for blue-green algae.

Active advisory


  • Collect ponds in Milford, Geary County
  • Geary County Milford Lake Zone C
  • Harvey County East Lake, Harvey County
  • Altamont City Lake “Idle Hour” Labette County Main Lake
  • Labette County Big Hill Lake
  • Lake Parsons, Labette County (new)
  • Marion County Lake, Marion County (upgraded to 7/22)
  • Osage County Melburn Outlet Pond (7/22 upgrade)
  • Rooks County Webster Reservoir
  • Jerry Ivy Pond, Saline County
  • Lake Haggis, Sumner County (new)
  • Wyandotte County Big Eleven Lake


  • Brown State Fishing Lake in Brown County
  • Mission Lake Country Club, Brown County
  • Geary County Milford Lake Zones A and B
  • Johnson County Southlake
  • Altamont City Lake “Idle Hour” Labette County North Lake
  • Marion Reservoir, Marion County (7/22 downgrade)
  • Osage County Overbook City Lake
  • Lake Agra, Phillips County
  • Rawlins County Atwood Township Lake

Advisory has been lifted 7/22/21

  • Herington Reservoir (New City Lake), Dickinson County
  • Herington City Lake (Old Lake), Dickinson County
  • Geary County Geary State Fishing Lake
  • Hodgeman County Horsethief Reservoir
  • Linn County Lynn Valley Lake
  • River pond under the Tuttle Reservoir in Riley County

If a warning is issued, KDHE recommends that you take the following precautions:

  • Lake water is not safe to drink for pets and livestock.
  • Regardless of the condition of blue-green algae, lake water should never be consumed by humans.
  • Avoid contact with water.
  • The fish can be eaten if it is rinsed with clean water, only the fillet part is consumed and all other parts are discarded.
  • Do not feed your pets with dried algae.
  • If lake water gets on your skin, wash it with clean water as soon as possible.
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.

A clock means that blue-green algae have been detected and that harmful blue-green algae are or may be present. It is advisable to keep pets and livestock away from water, avoiding areas where algae accumulate.

During surveillance, KDHE recommends that you take the following precautions:

  • Signs will be posted at all public access locations.
  • Water may not be safe for humans / animals.
  • Avoid areas where algae are accumulating and do not feed people or pets with dry algae or drink contaminated water.
  • Swimming, playing in the water, skiing and jet skiing are not recommended near visible flowers.
  • Boating and fishing are safe. However, inhalation of the spray can affect some people. Avoid direct contact with water and wash with clean water after contact.
  • Clean the fish well with drinking water and eat only the fillet.

KDHE will investigate publicly accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when it receives reports of potential algae outbreaks on Lake Kansas. Based on reliable field observations and sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.

Signs of flowering potential include avoiding contact and keeping pets away if the surface is scum, paint-like, or the water is bright green. These indicate that harmful bloom may be present. Pet owners should be aware that animals that swim, drink water, or eat dry algae along the coast under the influence of harmful blue-green algae can become seriously ill or die. I have.

For information on reporting blue-green algae and potentially harmful algal blooms, Visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm..

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