November 1, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

2013 Blue-Green Algae Sampling Season Comes to Close

4 Lakes to Stay on Warning or Advisory List

TOPEKA, Kan. - (November 1, 2013) Four Kansas lakes will remain on the health Warning and Advisory lists for harmful algal blooms until cyanobacteria sampling resumes next year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples recreational bodies of water for cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, when alerted to a potential bloom during the season, which lasts from April 1 to Oct. 31.

When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and other lake managers where appropriate, responds by informing the public of these conditions. During the 2013 season, 101 samples were taken from 24 lakes across Kansas. KDHE issued public health advisories or warnings for 16 lakes over the course of the season.

As a result of the final 2013 season water sampling, the health advisory has been lifted at Hiawatha City Lake in Brown County. Based upon sampling results and established health risk levels, the following Warnings and Advisories remain in place until next year’s blue-green algae season, or until further notice:

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) should be prohibited.

LAKE SHAWNEE, Shawnee County
MEMORIAL PARK LAKE (Veteran's Lake), Barton County

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.

LAKE WARNOCK (Atchison City Lake), Atchison County
LOGAN CITY LAKE, Phillips County

"Though long summer days are not presently contributing to the development of harmful algal blooms, the final sampling results from this season demonstrate that people who may have water contact, such as anglers or hunters, should remain aware of the conditions at these impoundments and take the proper precautions," said Tom Langer, Director for KDHE's Bureau of Environmental Health.

MEDIA Contact Information:
Ashton Rucker, Public Information Officer
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Ron Kaufman, Director of Information Services
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

David Kolarik, Chief, Public Affairs
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – KC District

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