Alert issued at Lancaster County lake due to toxic algae blooms

The alert for Bluestem Lake came out Friday from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. 
Algae

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — State officials have issued a health alert for toxic blue-green algae at a Lancaster County lake.

The alert for Bluestem Lake came out Friday from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy.

NDEE says samples taken earlier this week at the lake measured above the health alert threshold of 8 parts per billion (ppb) of total microcystin, which is a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green algae.

Signs will be posted at the lake advising people to use caution, and designated swimming beaches will be closed.

Recreational boating and fishing are still permitted.

Officials say pets should not get in the water or drink from it.

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