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Blue-Green Algae Still Plaguing Some Oklahoma Lakes

Posted: Nov 11, 2011 3:56 PM CST
Updated: Nov 11, 2011 3:56 PM CST
Posted by: Kevin King

Texhoma Lake - Recent tests show blue-green algae continues to be a pest for some Oklahoma lakes, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says warnings at Lake Texhoma must remain in effect after the latest test results showed no change there. Both it and Waurika Lake have warnings posted and the Chisholm Trail and Kiowa swim beaches on Waurika Lake are closed completely.

Campgrounds remain open, and there are no restrictions on fishing or boating.

Samples on Lake Texhoma will be collected again in mid-December.

The news is better at Lake Tenkiller, where all blue-green algae warnings have been lifted. An advisory remains in effect on Eufaula Lake, where swimming, water skiing and contact with the water is discouraged.

Blue-green algae itself is harmless. But, when it blooms, it can give off a toxin that makes humans sick.

The algae was a problem all over Green Country lakes over the summer with extreme heat and dry conditions.


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