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New blue-green algae alert and continued alerts at NE lakes

Algae stink prompts state of emergency
Posted at 1:55 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 14:55:49-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has issued a health alert for toxic blue-green algae at Kirkman's Cove in Richardson County.

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In addition to the new alert, they say alerts will continue at Rockford Lake in Gage County, Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County, and Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County.

Samples taken at the bodies of water were "above the state’s health alert threshold of 20 parts per billion (ppb) of total microcystin (a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green algae.)"

They say signs have been posted at the areas and that designated swimming areas have been closed. Boating and fishing will continue to be permitted and they are advising that people and pets should not drink the water and avoid exposure to it.

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