Public health warnings issued for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae

File photo of blue-green algae. (KDHE)

TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a blue-green algae watch for two Johnson County ponds. 

The two affected are are the Prairie Center Park Pond (near W. 135th Street and S. Cedar Niles Road) and Rose's Pond (near W. 87th Street and Lackman Road). 

According to the KDHE: 

A watch means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water.

During the watch status, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Water may be unsafe for humans/animals.
  • Avoid areas of algae accumulation and do not let people/pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
  • Swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms.
  • Boating and fishing are safe. However, inhalation of the spray may affect some individuals. Avoid direct contact with water, and wash with clean water after any contact.
  • Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.

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