State officials have issued health alerts for two state lakes which contain harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae.
The health alerts have been issued for Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County and Maple Creek Recreation Area Lake in Colfax County.
Samples taken from the lakes last week registered higher that 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 two lakes will remain under the alerts for at least two weeks. Lakes under a health alert must register two consecutive weeks of readings under the threshold before an alert is lifted.
Signs have been erected at both lakes warning the public. Swimming beaches have been closed. Recreational boating and fishing can continue. The public is cautioned against getting in the water of swallowing the water.
Pets should be kept out of the lakes and should not be allowed to drink from the lakes.
Camping and picnic areas remain open. Outdoor activities are permitted.
State officials monitor all 52 public lakes in Nebraska throughout the recreational season. Sampling results are updated every Friday. You can find them by clicking here for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s website.
(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.)