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Testing reveals potential blue green algae contamination at Council Grove City Lake KVOE File Photo

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has posted warning signs of possible Blue Green Algae at Council Grove City Lake. The Federal Reservoir, which provides water to the Emporia area is unaffected. 

According to a press release from KDHE, samples collected on Tuesday at the north boat ramp reported the blue-green cell count was high enough to meet their watch posting requirements. As of now, the samples have not reached the toxin level, however, if you see algae patches it is strongly advised to stay out of that area.

Blue-green algae is highly toxic to humans and pets alike if ingested. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says lake water is not safe for pets or livestock to drink, and lake water should never be consumed by humans, regardless of its blue-green algae status.

The Cottonwood River south of Emporia was recently cleared of its algae warning while several other area lakes remain in a watch. Those include:

Carbondale West Lake, Osage County

Lake Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee County

Melvern Outlet Pond, Osage County

Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Osage County – Visitors can utilize Coeur d' Alene Park Swim Beach which sets on the main body of the lake, located west of the U.S. Army Corps. Of Engineers Project Office.

Overbrook City Lake, Osage County

Melvern Lake, Osage County

Pomona Lake, Osage County - Beach is closed.

 
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