For Immediate Release
July 22, 2011

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

UPDATE: 2 Additional Shoreline Areas Closed Around Milford Lake;
However, Lake is Not Closed

UPDATE: Perry Lake State Park Swim Beach Has Reopened

Public Health Information Concerning Blue-Green Algae in Kansas Waters

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom.

When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, responds by informing the public of these conditions.

Based upon sampling results and established health risk levels, KDHE issues the following warnings and advisories.

WARNING: High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected at the following public waters. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing, and swimming) should not occur. Current concentrations of algae in these waters exceeded the KDHE recommended level of less than 100,000 cells/ml for recreational water use. 

 

Kansas public waters currently under warning:

Milford Lake (new listing)

Santa Fe Lake in Augusta (new listing)

Marion County Lake

Memorial Park Lake, Great Bend, Barton County

Meade State Lake, Meade County

 

When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

Do not drink lake water
Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
Clean fish well, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts
Keep pets from having contact with or drinking lake water

 

CLOSURES: Due to the associated warning levels at Milford Lake, officials say Timber Creek Boat Ramp, Wakefield Swim Beach/Boat Ramp, Milford State Park Swim Beach and the Military Marina Cove/Boat Ramp are currently closed. PLEASE NOTE: The parks, marinas and lakeside businesses around Milford Lake are open for business as usual, including camping and other recreational activities. The drinking water and showers are safe and not affected by the algae bloom. 

The warnings for Perry Lake Rock Creek Arm and the Perry Lake Old Town Public Use Area have been lifted. However, Perry Lake remains under an advisory status. Perry Lake State Park Swim Beach has reopened. See below.

 

ADVISORY: Harmful blue-green algae have been detected at the following public waters.  A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people and pets. Additionally, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken: do not drink the lake water; clean fish well and consume only the fillet portion, discarding all other parts; and keep pets from having contact with or drinking the lake water.

 

Kansas public waters currently under advisory:

Big Hill Reservoir

Perry Lake

Marion Reservoir

Old Herington City Lake

Logan City Lake, Phillips County

 

KDHE will continue to monitor these public waters and will update these statements as conditions warrant. More information on algae and algae blooms including up-to-date conditions can be found at the following links:

www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm |

http://www.kdheks.gov/befs/download/bibliography/BlueGreenAlgaeFactsheet_CEC_2004.pdf

 

Other contacts:

Ron Kaufman, Director of Information Services
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
785-296-2281
ron.kaufman@ksoutdoors.com

 

David Kolarik, Chief, Public Affairs
Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
816-389-3486