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Logan Lake still a risk, state says

7/4/2013

TOPEKA -- Logan City Lake in Phillips County remains under a warning due to algae concerns.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment samples publicly accessible bodies of water for cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom in Kansas lakes. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other lake managers where appropriate, responds by informing the public of these conditions.

Based upon sampling results and established health risk levels, Logan City Lake qualified for a warning.

When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

* Humans, pets and livestock do not drink lake water.

* Water contact is prohibited. Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water.

* Clean fish and rinse with clean water, consume only the fillet portion, and discard all other parts.

* Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.

* If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible.

* Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.