For Immediate Release
July 24, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Blue-Green Algae Detected at Herington City Lake; KDHE Advises Visitors to Take Precautions

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is advising the public to avoid contact with water in the Herington City Lake. KDHE has confirmed that there is a blue-green algae bloom in the lake.

Blue-green algae blooms appear similar to a flat-colored green paint floating on the water. In fact, blooms are often mistaken as paint spills. When blue-green algae die, they can produce toxins and take on a blue-green or turquoise color and have an unpleasant smell.

Analysis of samples collected from the lake has revealed the presence of blue-green algae. Until further notice, KDHE recommends that the public, as well as their pets, avoid recreating in the lake. Primary concerns of contact with the water are:

There is no realistic way to treat or control the blue-green algae blooms that is protective of both humans and aquatic life in the lake. In time, however, the blooms will naturally die off.