November 22, 2014

Health alerts at Nebraska lakes lifted

Health alerts have been lifted for Nebraska lakes.

The Department of Health and Human Services has ended health alerts for toxic blue-green algae at Big Indian Creek Lake in Gage County, Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County and Swan Creek Lake #5A, the Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area, in Saline County.

All three lakes had to have two consecutive weeks of regular readings before the alerts were lifted. The state samples 49 public lakes weekly. A health alert is issued if a sample from a lake reads above 20 parts per billion of total microcystin (a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green algae.)

Officials will continue to monitor lakes throughout the recreational season.

No health alerts are currently in effect at any lake in Nebraska.