Algae Warning at Lovewell State Park

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a public health warning for Lovewell State Park in Jewell County. The issue is for a blue-green algae bloom warning.

Some blue-green algae produce toxins that pose a health risk to people and animals. Health effects could occur when surface scums or water containing high levels of blue-green algal toxins are swallowed, through contact with the skin or when airborne droplets containing toxins are inhaled while swimming, boating, and skiing.

A large percentage of the public will report “allergic” type reactions after exposure to blue-green algae, such as intestinal problems, respiratory problems, or skin irritations. Harmful Algae Blooms can appear (or disappear) rapidly. Always be mindful of any unusual look to the lake including a green or brown color, scum, paint-like appearance, or odor.

A Public Health Warning:
– Notifies public that conditions are unsafe;
– Signs will be posted at all public access locations;
– Water contact should not occur