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Melvern Outlet River Pond remains on blue-green algae watch list

Update: Melvern Outlet River Pond remains on the state’s watch list for blue-green algae as of today, Aug. 25, 2023.


MELVERN, Kan. – The blue-green algae advisory for Melvern Outlet River Pond has been downgraded to a watch as of Aug. 4, 2023. The water body had previously been under a warning status.

Under a blue-green algae watch, people are advised to avoid harmful algal blooms which may look like foam, scum or paint floating on the water and be colored blue, bright green, brown or red. Blooms can develop rapidly; if the water appears suspicious or there is decaying algae on the shore, avoid contact and keep dogs away.

The toxins from blue-green algae can be absorbed by ingestion, inhalation of aerosols, and skin contact. Symptoms vary depending upon the type of exposure but can include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, and headache.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment investigates publicly accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on credible field observation and sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.

Anyone or any dog that comes in contact with algae should rinse the area with clean, fresh water. Suspected HAB-related health incidents, whether human or animal, regardless of season, should be reported at kdhe.ks.gov/1163. For information about blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, see kdhe.ks.gov/HAB.

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