Health alert issued for Nebraska lake

The state has issued its first health alert of the recreational season for toxic blue-green algae. Samples taken this week at Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County were above the state’s health alert threshold of 20 parts per billion of total microcystin, a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green algae…

The health alert will continue at the lake for at least two more weeks, because lakes must have two consecutive weeks of readings below the threshold before the alert is removed.

Signs are posted to advise the public to use caution, and designated swimming beaches are closed during the alert. Recreational boating and fishing are permitted. People can still use the public areas for camping, picnics and other outdoor activities.

Weekly sampling started in early May at 50 lakes in the state. Sampling results for toxic algae and bacteria will be updated every Friday and posted at deq.ne.gov.

Lincoln Journal Star

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