The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT), has revised its list of public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae.
Milford Lake Zones A, B, and C, Geary County
Gathering Pond, Geary County
Camp Hawk Lake, Harvey County (upgraded from watch 8/20)
Lovewell Reservoir, Jewell County
Brown State Fishing Lake, Brown County
Mission Lake, Brown County (new 8/20)
Ford State Fishing Lake, Ford County
Perry Lake Zones A, B, and C, Jefferson County (new 8/20)
South Lake, Johnson County
Unit G Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, Linn County
Marion County Lake, Marion County
Melvern Outlet Pond, Osage County (new 8/20)
Overbrook City Lake, Osage County
Agra Lake, Phillips County
Plainville Township Lake, Rooks County
Webster Reservoir, Rooks County
When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
A watch means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water. During the watch status, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
KDHE investigates publicly-accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on credible field observation and sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.
Kansans should be aware that blooms are unpredictable. They can develop rapidly and may float around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green, avoid contact and keep pets away. These are indications that a harmful bloom may be present. Pet owners should be aware that animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.
For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, please visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm. KDHE updates the listings of advisories every Thursday but may update more frequently if needed.