For Immediate Release
August 7, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Advisory Rescinded at Herington City Lake

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is rescinding the advisory at the Herington City Lake. The advisory was issued on July 24, 2007 due to the presence of a blue-green algae bloom, which was present in the lake at that time.

A recent visit to the lake confirmed that there is no longer visible evidence of the bloom. The advisory was lifted after consultation with the city of Herington and Dickenson County Emergency Management.

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.

Contact with algae contaminated water on the skin can cause potential allergic reactions and skin irritations. Inadvertent or intentional ingestion of the lake water with a high concentration of blue-green algae toxins may cause illness, and in extremely rare cases, death.