Monday, July 22, 2013

Local lakes contain toxic levels of blue-green algae

By Elizabeth Scheltens
The Wichita Eagle

Toxic blue-green algae could put a damper on your weekend plans if they involve a trip to one of several local lakes.
Six lakes statewide — including Colwich City Lake, Riggs Park Lake in Haysville and Buhler City Lake — are under a warning status for toxic levels of blue-green algae, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday in a media release.

Direct water contact, including wake boarding, skiing and swimming, is prohibited in lakes under a “warning” status. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities will remain open.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends visitors take the following precautions in areas under a warning status:

• Humans, pets and livestock should not drink lake water.
• Water contact is prohibited.
• Fish caught in the lakes should be cleaned thoroughly and only the filet portions should be eaten.
• If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash thoroughly with clean potable water as soon as possible.
• Avoid areas where algae blooms are visible

Yes, of course. I could have/should have warned you Friday. But, never mind. How was your weekend?

You know, I not sure how one fishes contaminated water with out getting wet. Um? And I’m just not sure about those fillet’s, either.


Tourism. Gotta love it. They tout the travel as a broadening experience – usually they are talking about the traveller. What about the visited? I suppose, like Vegas, it is an exercise each season in finding new ways of taking as much as possible in as short a time as possible – which means visits would get shorter and tourists in short supply.

I think I liked the old way. Take more slowly and turn the excess away. Maybe down the road to the ex-wife’s home town.


We got rain from the front. It rained steady for about five hours. I went out to feed the calves as it tappered off. Not a puddle in sight. It did get some dry.


I’ve written about the self made man that died. He owned the trucking concern and many acres. He had a straight daughter who is running the trucks and she and her husband are ranching a number of acres. The other two daughters are doing not so well. One of them was the woman whose boyfriend was stabbed to death over drugs. Um.

Anyway. The family (the estate) is selling off 5,200 acres. The local word is it’ll probably disappear in a gigantic party. I’m not sure if the eagerness in the voices is for the pending sale of arable land with oil well leases or the idea of a gigantic party.

Maybe both.


From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey 

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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