Blue-green algae warning issued for Topeka’s Central Park pond

Cyanobacteria appears to be present in Central Park Pond

Blue-green algae appears to be present in Central Park Pond. (File photograph/The Capital-Journal)

Cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae, appears to be present in Central Park Pond, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation announced Friday afternoon.

 

According to a news release, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment advised the parks department of the issue, and a blue-green algae warning has been issued, with the parks department posting warning signs at the pond.

KDHE will take samples from the pond on Monday and expects to have results by Thursday, Aug. 17, to confirm the presence of the algae.

Cyanobacteria can be harmful to humans and animals. KDHE recommends avoiding areas of algae accumulation and contact with the water. Fishing is permitted, but it’s recommended to only eat the fillet portion of the fish and discard the remains.

If people’s hands contact the water, they should wash them with clean water as soon as possible.

Blue-green algae has also been found in Central Park Pond in 2012 and 2016.

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