Harmful Algal Bloom Recreational Advisories Lifted for Two Lakes

 FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2016) – The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) are removing the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) recreational public health watch for Briggs Lake near Russellville and the HAB recreational public health warning for the FFA Leadership Training Center Lake in Hardinsburg, effective immediately.

Results from recent sampling by the Dept. for Environmental Protection indicate the levels of microcystin toxins occurring in these water bodies are now below the advisory threshold for recreating in the lakes.

The DOW and DPH remind the public that there are always risks associated with recreating in natural waters, especially with the incidental ingestion of water. The agencies advise the public to avoid contact with waters that have obvious algal blooms or are otherwise visually suspect.

If you are concerned that you have symptoms that are a result of exposure to HABs or other water borne disease please see your doctor and call your local health department.

For additional information about HABs or other water quality concerns, contact Andrea Keatley at the Kentucky Division of Water at (502) 564-3410 or Justin T. Carey, Division of Public Health Protection and Safety, Department for Public Health, at (502) 564-4537.