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Toxic blue-green algae alert issued for NE lake

Algae stink prompts state of emergency
Posted at 1:35 PM, Sep 20, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — This afternoon, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a new alert for algae found at a lake in Gage County.

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DHHS says samples taken at Rockford Lake were found to be "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.) The algae can be dangerous, even deadly for people and animals."

In addition to the new alert, they say alerts at Wagon Trail Lake in Lancaster County and Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County will stand.

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Signs warning people of the algae's presence will remain in place until samples are taken for a two week period that fall below the alert threshold.