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KDHE lifts algae advisory for Cedar Bluff

6/29/2012

By MIKE CORN

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Cedar Bluff Reservoir has been given a clean bill of health, lifting an advisory casting a pall over the Trego County lake.

The blue-green algae advisory for Cedar Bluff was lifted Thursday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, ending nearly two weeks of uncertainty surrounding the safety of the lake's water.

While the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism was quick to post a notice of the algae levels and close the beach area at the lake, it sought to reassure visitors other areas of the lake were safe for use.

"It does have an effect," Troy Brown, area parks manager for KDWPT, said of blue-green algae advisories. "This doesn't mean the park's closed by any means. But people just don't want to take a chance."

Instead, he said, the manager at Webster State Park recently said there had been an influx of campers from Cedar Bluff.

"It tends to keep people away," Brown said. "We're ecstatic to get that word out; we're free and clear at Cedar Bluff."

Cedar Bluff first was included on KDHE's weekly advisory list two weeks ago after it was tested for the possibility of blue-green algae.

Samples taken Monday turned out clear Thursday, when the announcement was made.

"Everything's open," Brown said of the lake. "Everything is the way it was before the announcement. The blooms are done."