January 28, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Harmful algae blooms alert posted for seven Nebraska lakes

Lincoln – The Neb. Department of Health & Human Services has issued a health alert for toxic blue-green algae, at Big Indian Lake in Gage County, Rockford Lake in Gage County, Maskenthine Reservoir in Stanton County, Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County, Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County, Iron Horse Trail Lake (Wildlife Management Area) in Pawnee County, and Kirkman’s Cove Lake in Richardson County.

Maskenthine Reservoir, Willow Creek Reservoir, and Iron Horse Trail Lake remain on alert this week after also being on alert last week.

Samples taken earlier this week at the lakes on alert measure above the threshold of 8 parts per billion (ppb) of total microcystin, which is a toxin released by certain strains of blue-green algae.

Source: Nebraska Regional News