Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom.
When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), responds by informing the public of these conditions.
Based upon sampling results and established health risk levels, the following warnings and advisories are in place. NOTE: * denotes new listing.
WARNING: High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected at the following public waters. A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) should not occur. Current concentrations of algae in these waters exceeded the KDHE recommended level of less than 100,000 cells/ml for recreational water use.
Kansas public waters currently under warning:
- Cheney Lake, Reno, Kingman and Sedgwick Counties.
- Santa Fe Lake, Augusta, Butler County.
- Memorial Park Lake, Great Bend, Barton County.
- Meade State Lake, Meade County.
- Rigg’s Park Lake, Haysville, Sedgwick County
- *Milford Lake (Entire lake is under a warning), Clay, Geary and Dickinson Counties.
- *Warnock Lake, Atchison County.
When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
- Do not drink lake water.
- Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water.
- Clean fish well, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts.
- Keep pets from having contact with or drinking lake water.
ADVISORY: Harmful blue-green algae has been detected at the following public waters. 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 and pets. Additionally, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken: do not drink the lake water; clean fish well and consume only the fillet portion, discarding all other parts and keep pets from having contact with or drinking the lake water.
Kansas public waters currently under advisory:
- Big Hill Reservoir, Labette County.
- Logan City Lake, Phillips County.
- Marion County Lake, Marion County.
- *Hillsdale Lake, Miami County.
KDHE will continue to monitor these public waters and will update these statements as conditions warrant.
More information on algae and algae blooms, including up-to-date conditions, can be found at the following links: