Written by Staff Friday, 27 July 2012 07:01
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has downgraded Marion Reservoir’s blue-green algae status from “warning” to “advisory” as of Thursday, July 26.
Under a warning, water contact is prohibited; with an advisory, direct contact with water is “strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock.”
In either case, KDHE also recommends:
-- Humans, pets and livestock do not drink untreated lake water;
-- Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, discarding other parts;
-- Do not eat or allow pets to eat dried algae;
-- If lake water comes in contact with skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible;
-- Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.
Marion County Lake, east of Marion, is not listed among the state’s affected lakes.