Toxic Algae Bloom Prompts Warning at Pyramid Lake

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Anyone who comes in contact with visible blue-green algae or who ingest water containing it may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Marion County Lake was upgraded July 7 to a "watch" for harmful algal blooms while Marion Reservoir remains under a "warning" as determined by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism.

A bloom of toxin producing cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue-green algae, has been detected in three locations on Lake Nipissing. It can float on the water's surface and accumulate on the shoreline and boat ramp, officials said.

Do not touch scum in the water or on shore.

Stay out of the water until further notice.

If you use a private water system, do not use water from the lake for drinking, cooking and bathing. Boiling or filtering will not make the water safe.

- Fish may be eaten as long as they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.

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