McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

May 25, 2012

Blue-green algae warning for Eufaula Lake

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — A blue-green algae alert is still in effect for Eufaula Lake with the highest levels found at Porum Landing according to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

The warning was never lifted from last year said Nick Herring  public affairs officer for the  U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. “We found approximately 270,000 cells (of blue-green algae) per millimeter near Porum Landing,” Herring said. “An advisory goes out at 100,000 cells.”

“While the alert is in affect, children and pets are more likely to get sick because of blue-green algae, and pets and livestock should be kept off of the beach and out of the water,” according to Herring.

Herring said the Corp wants to get the information to the public and let them decide where and when to use the lake.

“We want to provide the safest possible recreation opportunities at our lakes,” said Col. Michael Teague, Tulsa District commander. “Our goal is to provide as much information as possible so that individuals can make educated decisions for themselves and their families.”

The Corp advises members of the public not to drink untreated lake water and to use caution when swimming, water skiing and coming into contact with lake water.

Visitors should also avoid areas with visible algae accumulation or discolored water.

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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.