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Blue-green algae warning issued for 11 Kansas lakes and ponds

Blue-green algae generally grows in lakes, ponds and slow-moving streams, especially when the water is warm. The algae often looks like spilled green paint.
Blue-green algae generally grows in lakes, ponds and slow-moving streams, especially when the water is warm. The algae often looks like spilled green paint. File photo

High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected in 11 bodies of water around the state, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

It generally grows in lakes, ponds and slow-moving streams, especially when the water is warm. The algae often looks like spilled green paint.

The Department of Health and Environment issued a warning for the following areas: Brown County State Fishing Lake, Chisholm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Crystal Lake in Anderson County, Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Kids Pond in Pratt County, McPherson County State Fishing Lake in McPherson County, Melvern River Pond in Osage County, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, zones B and C of Milford Reservoir in Clay, Dickinson and Geary counties, Nemaha State Fishing Lake in Rooks County, Plainville Township Lake in Rooks County and Sabetha City Lake in Nemaha County.

The statement said boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but people and pets should avoid contact with the water.

“Kansans should be aware that blooms are unpredictable,” the department said in a statement. “They can develop rapidly and may float around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment.”

To report an algal bloom, call 785-296-1664. To read more about the blue-green algae warning, visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/.

Reach Gabriella Dunn at 316-268-6400 or gdunn@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @gabriella_dunn.

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