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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • NRD expects Kirman's Cove health alert to continue through Labor Day

  • The Nemaha Natural Resources District expects to continue a toxic blue-green algae alert for Kirman's Cove Recreation Area near Humboldt through the Labor Day holiday Sept. 1-3.   NRD staff reports that visual inspections of the lake on Aug. 27 suggest that the lake will remain on health alert...
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  •    The Nemaha Natural Resources District expects to continue a toxic blue-green algae alert for Kirman's Cove Recreation Area near Humboldt through the Labor Day holiday Sept. 1-3.
       NRD staff reports that visual inspections of the lake on Aug. 27 suggest that the lake will remain on health alert status.
      The recreation area remains open for activities such as boating, picknicking, camping, hiking and fishing, but swimming and water skiiing are restricted until further notice.
       Visitors to the park are cautioned not to ingest or make contact with the water and particularly to make sure children and pets do not come into contact with the water. Most of the risk associated with this form of algae is limited to skin irritations. However, gastrointestinal illness and liver disease could result from ingestion of the water.
        Signs have been posted at the lake informing visitors of the water restrictions at Kirkmanís Cove, which will remain in effect until further notice. Because of the high readings, body contact activities must be restricted for a minimum of two weeks following each high reading.
       NRD staff collect water samples each Monday, but test results are not available until the end of the week.
        For more information on toxic blue-green algae or to view the status of lakes sampled in Nebraska, click on the  "Environmental Alerts" button on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Qualityss web site www.deq.state.ne.us; or contact the Nemaha NRD in Tecumseh at (402) 335-3325.
     

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