For Immediate Release
August 19, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Public Health Advisory for Lovewell Reservoir in Jewell County

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is continues to advise the public that water may be unsafe for people and animals at Lovewell Reservoir in Jewell County.  While harmful algae are still detected, levels are improving and the advisory has been modified to allow for boating and fishing at the reservoir.  The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) announced that Lovewell will be open to accommodate for boating and fishing.

KDHE continues to discourage people from the following at Lovewell Reservoir:

Reservoir samples will be taken again and KDHE may revise or lift the public health advisory based on future test results. 

If you or your animal, develop symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, eye irritation, respiratory systems or other unexplained illness after contact with the harmful algae, seek medical care from your doctor or veterinarian.

KDHE will continue to monitor the situation. If the public has any questions or concerns, KDHE can be contacted during normal business hours at: 866-865-3233.

Further information on algae and algae blooms can be found at:
http://www.kdheks.gov/befs/download/bibliography/BlueGreenAlgaeFactsheet_CEC_2004.pdf