Marion Reservoir algae status downgraded to “advisory”

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.

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