For Immediate Release
June 30, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
kdhe.Communications@ks.gov, 785-296-0461

Public Health Information Concerning Blue-Green Algae in Kansas Waters

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) continues to monitor waters for blue-green algae. Below is a list of advisories and warnings.

Advisory: Harmful algae have been detected at Marion Reservoir and Old Herington City Lake in Marion County. An advisory allows for boating and fishing at the lake. All other contact with water is discouraged for people and pets.

 Warning: Elevated toxic blue-green algae concentrations have been detected Marion County Lake. Current concentrations of algae in these waters exceeded the KDHE recommended level of 100,000 cells/ml for recreational water use. 

Other Kansas public waters currently under warning:

Memorial Park Lake, Great Bend, Barton County

Meade State Lake, Meade County

Logan City Lake, Logan, Norton County

KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

KDHE will continue to monitor the situations and rescind this warning as soon as conditions warrant. 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:
www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm