State officials have issued a health alert for toxic blue-green algae at Kirkman’s Cove Lake in Richardson County while alerts continue for three other lakes.
Health alerts remain in effect for Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County, Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County, and Rockford Lake in Gage County.
Samples taken last week at Kirkman’s Cove registered above 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).
Health alerts remain in effect at Iron Horse Trail, Willow Creek, and Rockford Lake until they record two consecutive weeks of readings below the state threshold.
Signs have been erected at all the lakes warning the public. Swimming beaches have been closed. Recreational boating and fishing can continue. The public is cautioned against getting in the water or 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 click here for the Fact Sheet.)