Written by Don Ratzlaff Friday, 18 May 2012 07:32
One week before Memorial Day weekend, the two major recreational water bodies in Marion County are now under a blue-green algae “warning,” the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday (May 17).
Marion Reservoir and Marion County Lake are listed with two other lakes -- Memorial/Veterans Lake in Great Bend and Winfield City Lake -- as having “high levels of toxic blue-green algae” based upon sampling results and health risk levels established by KDHE.
A “warning” indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact is prohibited. When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
-- Humans, pets and livestock do not drink lake water
-- Water contact is prohibited. Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
-- Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts
-- Do not allow pets to eat dried algae
-- If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible
-- Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation
KDHE also issues an “advisory” for lakes based on testing. An “advisory” indicates harmful blue-green algae have been detected; water activities like boating and fishing may be safe, but direct contact with water (i.e., wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock.
Old Herington City Lake is the only body of water so identified by KDHE.