TOPEKA — On Aug. 16, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reported the latest results from testing water samples for blue-green algae.
KDWPT reminds visitors that when a lake is under an Advisory or Warning, marinas, lakeside businesses, and park camping facilities remain open for business, although swim beaches will be closed.
When an advisory has been lifted, health officials advise lake visitors to still exercise caution and look out for algae blooms in the water because conditions can change quickly.
Current Public Health Warnings
A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact is prohibited. The following Johnson County public waters are currently under “Warning” status:
• Antioch Park Lake (South) — Johnson County
• South Lake Park — Johnson County
When a Warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
• Don’t let people, pets, and livestock drink untreated lake water.
• Don’t swim, wade or engage in other activities with full body contact of lake water, including skiing or jet-skiing.
• Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts.
• Do not allow pets or livestock to eat dried algae.
• If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible.
• Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.
Current Public Health Advisories
A Public Health Advisory indicates that a hazardous condition exists. Water activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water (wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets, and livestock. These Johnson County public waters are currently under “Advisory” status:
• Deanna Rose Farmstead — Johnson County
When an Advisory is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
• Don’t let people, pets and livestock drink untreated lake water.
• Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all 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.
Health effects from exposure to blue-green algae can vary. The most common complaints after recreational exposure include vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, eye irritation and respiratory symptoms. Blue-green algae toxins can also cause deaths in pets.
More information on algae and algae blooms, including up-to-date Advisories and Warnings, can be found at online at LINK.