Health Alert issued for Bluestem, Johnson, Kirkman’s Cove Lakes due to toxic algae

Toxic blue-green algae has reportedly been found at several Nebraska lakes, health officials are warning people to be careful
Fort Robinson Sra; Buttes; Fall; Carter P. Johnson Lake
Fort Robinson SRA; Buttes; fall; Carter P. Johnson Lake. credit:

HUMBOLDT, Neb. (KLKN)- The state has issued a health alert for Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), toxic blue-green algae, at several lakes.

Samples taken earlier in the week showed that these lakes measure above the health alert threshold of 8 parts per billion of total microcystin, a toxin released by certain strains of this blue-green algae.

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Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County, Kirkman’s Cove Lake in Richardson County, and Johnson Lake in Dawson and Gosper counties have all been issued alerts.

Since the start of May, weekly sampling has been conducted at 53 public lakes. The lakes will continue to be monitored weekly through the end of September.

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