Cheney Reservoir’s blue-green algae advisory lifted

Just in time for Labor Day weekend Cheney Reservoir has been declared safe for such water sports as swimming and skiing.

Jonathan Larance, Kansas Department of Health and Environment public information officer, said tests run this week showed the lake’s water was below the advisory stage for the first time in several weeks.

Cheney has faced various blue-green algae warnings for several weeks. This summer’s extreme heat, light winds and drought have been tailor-made for algae blooms. Blue-green algae is toxic and can cause human illnesses if  ingested or contacted with the skin. At least three dogs have died from ingesting infected water at Milford Lake this summer.

Larance said caution is still advised for contacting water at Cheney Reservoir. People should avoid drinking the lake’s water and skin contact in areas where the water appears slimy or carries a nasty odor.

After being closed to all human activity because of high algae counts Milford Reservoir has been opened for fishing and boating.

Information  on other Kansas lakes is expected to be released later today.

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