For Immediate Release
Joe Blubaugh, 785-296-5795
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.
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