For Immediate Release
August 20, 2010

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

Public Health Advisory for Santa Fe Lake in Butler County

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) continues to advise the public that water may be unsafe for people and animals at Santa Fe Lake in Butler County.  While harmful algae are still detected, levels are improving and the public health warning has been downgraded to an advisory to allow for boating and fishing at the reservoir. 

KDHE continues to discourage people from the following at Santa Fe Lake:

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