UPDATE: State issues toxic algae warning for Holmes Lake

UPDATE:

On Friday, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality issued a health alert to avoid the water in Holmes Lake.

They said samples they took earlier in the week showed high levels of toxins from blue–green algae blooms.

"It’s the most common toxin produced, which is why we test for it," said State Lakes Coordinator Mike Archer.  "There could be other toxins around, but that is the most common and usually an indicator of a harmful algal bloom issue."

The toxins can cause skin rashes and if swallowed, can cause flu–like symptoms.

It can be deadly to dogs.

"It’s particularly toxic to small bodies, so pets are particularly susceptible to the toxin," Archer said.  "And as dogs often do, get in the water, lap up some water, clean their fur.  It’s usually fairly toxic to them."

Which is why they advise you to avoid contact with the water and keep your pets away from the lake.  They also said to avoid the water in the nearby Rickman’s Run dog park.

But they said other activities are okay.

"Picnicking, fishing — anything they want to do in the park is fine," Archer said.  "We just advise people to avoid getting in the water, wading around, swimming."

The state said this alert remains in effect for at least two more weeks.

If you would like information on the algal bloom toxins, visit: http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/ENV042607

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A warning about Holmes Lake.  State officials say it has toxins from blue-green algae blooms.

They say boating and fishing are okay, but advise you to avoid contact with the water.

It can cause skin rashes and if swallowed, can cause flu–like symptoms.

It can be lethal to dogs, which is why they say to keep your pets away from the lake and the water in the nearby Rickman’s Run dog park.

"Picnicking, fishing — anything they want to do in the park is fine," said State Lakes Coordinator Mike Archer.  "We just advise people to avoid getting in the water, wading around, swimming and then certainly keeping your pets out of the water."

The state says this alert remains in effect for at least two more weeks.

If you would like information on the algal bloom toxins, visit: http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/ENV042607

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