A health alert has been issued for Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County.
This is the first health alert issued this recreational season due to high levels of harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae. State officials have been taking samples from 52 public lakes since the beginning of May.
Samples taken at Kirkman’s Cove earlier this week recorded higher than the state’s health alert threshold of 20 parts per billion (ppb) of total microcystin (a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green algae.) The lake must pass two consecutive weeks of testing before the health alert will be lifted.
Swimming beaches at Kirkman’s Cove have been closed. Recreational boating and fishing are permitted. The public is advised to use caution and to not go into the water. Pets should not be allowed to swim in the lake or drink from it. Public areas for camping, picnics, and other outdoor activities remain open.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality posted updated sampling results every Friday. Click here for those results.