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Blue Green Algae Advisory

THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT SAMPLES RECREATIONAL BODIES OF WATER FOR CYANOBACTERIA, COMMONLY CALLED 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 AND OTHER LAKE MANAGERS WHERE APPROPRIATE, RESPONDS BY INFORMING THE PUBLIC OF THESE CONDITIONS. BASED UPON SAMPLING RESULTS AND ESTABLISHED HEALTH RISK LEVELS, WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES ARE IN PLACE.  ONLY ONE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE MEMORIAL/VETERAN’S LAKE IN GREAT BEND IN BARTON COUNTY.  “ADVISORY” STATUS MEANS 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 “ADVISORY” STATUS INCLUDE THE LOGAN CITY LAKE IN PHILLIPS COUNTY.  WHEN AN ADVISORY IS ISSUED,  HUMANS, PETS, AND LIVESTOCK SHOULD NOT DRINK UNTREATED LAKE WATER.  CLEAN FISH AND RINSE WITH CLEAN WATER, CONSUME ONLY THE FILET PORTION, DISCARDING OTHER PARTS.  DO NOT EAT OR ALLOW PETS TO EAT DRIED ALGAE.  IF LAKE WATER COMES IN CONTACT WITH SKIN OR PET FUR, WASH WITH CLEAN POTABLE WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  AVOID AREAS OF VISIBLE ALGAE ACCUMULATION.   KDHE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THESE PUBLIC WATERS AND WILL UPDATE THESE STATEMENTS AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.