McPherson County State Fishing Lake added to blue-green algae warning

By Chris Swick
August 14, 2015

The McPherson County State Fishing Lake has been added to the list of Kansas lakes under a blue-green algae warning.

A total of nine lakes in the state are now contaminated with the cyanobacteria. Others include Brown County State Fishing Lake, Chisholm Creek Park in Sedgwick County, Crystal Lake in Anderson County, Melvern River Pond in Osage County, Memorial Park in Barton County, Nemaha County State Fishing Lake and Plainville Township Lake in Rooks County.

Parts of Milford Reservoir are also under the warning, specifically zones A and C in Clay, Dickinson and Geary Counties.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says that contact with any body of water contaminated with blue-green algae should be avoided and the lake water is not safe for pets or livestock to drink. Fish from infected waters can be eaten, provided they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed.