Blue-green algae blooms have prompted public health warnings for 11 Kansas lakes as Labor Day weekend looms.
The warnings issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment mean direct contact with water — wading, skiing and swimming — is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. Boating and fishing may be safe, officials say, though contact with the water should be avoided.
Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at the parks are safe and not affected by the algae blooms.
State officials initially issued warnings for 10 lakes, then added Webster Lake in Rooks County.
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The other lakes placed under public health warnings are:
▪ Brown State Fishing Lake, Brown County
▪ Central Park Lake, Shawnee County
▪ Hiawatha City Lake, Brown County
▪ Marion County Lake, Marion County
▪ Melvern Outlet River Pond, Osage County
▪ Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Osage County
▪ Overbrook City Lake, Osage County
▪ Perry Lake (Zone A), Jefferson County
▪ Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County