The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, issued its listing of public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae on Thursday. A watch for Rock Garden Pond in Shawnee County has been added along with Cheney Lake, which is in Reno, Kingman and Sedgwick Counties. A watch means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water. During the watch status, signage will be posted at all public access locations. The water may be unsafe for humans and animals. You should avoid areas of algae accumulation and do not let pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water. Swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms.
Boating and fishing are safe, however inhalation of the spray may affect some. Avoid direct contact with water, and wash your hands or any other body parts with clean water after any contact. Clean fish well with other clean water and eat the fillet portion only.