Good news for a couple of lakes in Nebraska. The state ended health alerts at Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County, Rockford Lake in Gage County, and Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County. However, alerts are continuing at Big Indian Creek Lake in Gage County and Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County.
Samples taken earlier this week at Big Indian Creek Lake were above the state’s health alert threshold of 20 parts per billion (ppb) of total microcystin. Although readings were low on Iron Horse Trail Lake, it will continue to be on alert for at least one more week. Lakes that are on health alert must have two consecutive weeks of readings below the threshold before the alert is discontinued.
When a health alert is issued, signs are posted to advise the public to use caution, and designated swimming beaches are closed during the alert. Recreational boating and fishing are permitted, but the public is advised to avoid activities that could involve accidental ingestion of water and to avoid full immersion in water.
Do not let pets get in the water or drink from the lake. People can still use the public areas for camping, picnics and other outdoor activities. If you experience health symptoms, notify your physician. You can also contact the Nebraska Regional Poison Center at 800-222-1222 for more information. The lake will be sampled weekly, and the Health Alert will stay in effect until the level stays below 20 parts per billion for two consecutive weeks.