For Immediate Release
August 22, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Blue Green Algae Warning Issued for Milford Lake in Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties

Topeka—Samples analyzed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) indicate that a harmful algal bloom continues at Milford Lake in Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties. A Public Health Warning is in a effect.

A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) should not occur. In the last few weeks, cases of human illness have been reported at Milford Lake. Also, it’s been confirmed that three dogs have died due to blue-green algae exposure at Milford Lake.

“When blue-green algae is present, protect your health and that of your family, friends and pets,” explained Tom Langer, Director for the Bureau of Environmental Health. "Do not drink the water and avoid activities that involve direct contact with the lake.”

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