A health alert remains in effect for one Nebraska lake while another has been lifted.
State officials report toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County dropped this week, but most remain low for a second consecutive week for the health alert to be lifted.
The alert has been lifted for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County.
Swimming beaches remain closed at Bluestem Lake. Swimming, wading, skiing, and jet skiing are all discouraged. Boating, fishing, and camping remain open at Bluestem, though health officials warn against getting in the water. Pets should also be kept out of the water.
Sampling is conducted weekly at 50 public lakes during the recreation season. Sampling results for harmful algal blooms and bacteria will be updated every Friday and posted on NDEQ’s web site, deq.ne.gov.
(For more information about potential health effects of harmful algal blooms, what to look for, and steps to avoid exposure, please refer to the attached Fact Sheet.)