Reservoir under algae warning

Visitors of the Marion Reservoir will find swimming beaches closed and signs forbidding contact with water because of the presence of toxic blue-green algae.

The warning, released Thursday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, prohibits any contact with the water for humans, pets, and livestock.

Fishing and boating are still safe. It is also safe to eat fish caught from the Reservoir, however extra precaution should be taken to make sure the fish is rinsed of any reservoir water.

Blue-green algae spores can release a neurotoxin that can be fatal to humans and animals and cause serious illness.

Marion County Lake is under no warning or advisory.

 

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