The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, continues to update its list of public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae. When a warning is issued, the experts recommend precautions. Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock, and regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans. Water contact should be avoided. Fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded. Do not allow pets to eat dried algae. If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible. Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation. A watch meanwhile, means that blue-green algae has 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, water may be unsafe for humans/animals. 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 with clean water after any contact. Clean fish well and eat the fillet portion only. For the latest list of affected bodies of water, visit