Algae warning at reservoir continues for third week

For the third consecutive week, the Kansas Depart­ment of Health and Environ­ment has placed Marion Reservoir on “warning” status because high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water; only the fillet portion is consumed and all other parts are discarded.

Hands should be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake.

Pet owners should be aware that animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom, or eat dried algae along the shore, may become seriously ill or die.

The most recent KDHE warning also includes Cheney lake in Kingman, Reno and Sedgwick counties, and Sebelius Reservoir in Norton County.

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