Willow Creek alert

July 28, 2018

A health alert has been issued for Willow Creek reservoir in Pierce County by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

During water testing earlier this week, department representatives detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in the lake.

As a result, visitors to Willow Creek should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners are urged to keep pets out of the water and not allow them to ingest lake water.

Lakes with beaches and those that allow power boating are tested weekly through the summer months. Health alerts are lifted when algal toxin levels are below advisory concentration for two consecutive weeks.

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