For Immediate Release
July 28, 2011

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

Advisory Lifted at Perry Lake in Jefferson County, experts still advise caution

Topeka—Samples taken by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have concluded that hazardous conditions for Perry Lake in Jefferson County have rescinded and the Public Health Advisory can be lifted.

On July 15, KDHE issued a Public Health Warning for the body of water. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing, and swimming) should not occur. KDHE staff continued to conduct weekly tests, and hazardous conditions at the lake on July 21 were downgraded to an advisory. Today, the advisory has been lifted, but KDHE staff wants to urge visitors to the lake to continue to take precautions.

“Our testing showed that there are no high areas of concern at the moment,” explained Tom Langer, Director for the Bureau of Environmental Health. “That said, if you see any green material floating in the water, you, and especially your pets, should avoid it. Areas like Rock Creek could potentially develop small clusters of blue green algae.”

KDHE will release an updated report of advisories and warnings for other bodies of water in Kansas later today.

For the latest advisories and warnings, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm.

Please note - that Perry Lake is in Jefferson County, not Shawnee County as previoulsy indicated. Our apoligizes for any confusion this might have caused.