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One Kansas lake closed, 11 under warning for algae outbreak

One Kansas lake is closed and another 11 are under public health warnings due to harmful blue-green algae blooms, state officials say.
One Kansas lake is closed and another 11 are under public health warnings due to harmful blue-green algae blooms, state officials say. The Wichita Eagle

One state fishing lake has been closed and public health warnings have been issued for 11 other lakes around Kansas due to harmful algal blooms, state officials announced Thursday.

Hodgeman State Fishing Lake, a 254-acre public hunting and fishing area near Jetmore in western Kansas, has been closed due to the blue-green algae bloom.

Activities such as boating and fishing may be safe at lakes experiencing a blue-green algae bloom, according to the Department of Health and Environment, but direct contact with the water is strongly discouraged.

Wichita city officials on Thursday acknowledged that the city’s drinking water has an unpleasant odor and taste due to dying algae, but Cheney Reservoir is not on the list of lakes with public health warnings.

The lakes included in the warning:

▪ Brown State Fishing Lake, Brown County

▪ Central Park Lake, Shawnee County

▪ Hawatha City Lake, Brown County

▪ Marion County Lake, Marion County

▪ Melvern Outlet River Pond, Osage County

▪ Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Osage County

▪ Memorial Park Lake, Barton County

▪ Lake Scott State Park, Scott County

▪ Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County

▪ South Lake, Johnson County

▪ Webster Lake, Rooks County

Three other lakes are under a public health watch, state officials said.

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