FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2013

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


Public health warning issued for community lake in Phillips County

No additional lakes reporting blue-green algae

TOPEKA, Kan. – (May 31, 2013) The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a public health warning today for Logan City Lake in Phillips County after confirming the presence of toxic blue-green algae. Logan City Lake is a community lake in northwest Kansas and the only water body in the state on the public health warning or advisory list.   

KDHE samples publicly accessible bodies of water for cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom in Kansas lakes. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other lake managers where appropriate, responds by informing the public of these conditions.

CURRENT WARNINGS & ADVISORIES

Public Health Warning:  High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) is prohibited. 

Kansas public waters currently under a “Warning” status:

LOGAN CITY LAKE, Phillips County

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

 Public Health Advisory: Harmful blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. 

Kansas public waters currently under an “Advisory” status:

NONE

When an Advisory is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken: 

KDHE will update these statements as conditions warrant.

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NEWS MEDIA Contact Information:

Miranda Steele, Communications Director
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
785-296-5795 (Office)
785-260-3168 (Mobile)
msteele@kdheks.gov

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

 PUBLIC Contact Information:

Receive up-to-date lake conditions at this Toll Free Number 1-855-HAB-LAKE (1-855-422-5253)

For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, go to:
http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm.