Last week we reported that blue green algae has been found in several lakes in Oklahoma. Since then the conditions at Grand Lake have improved but now the toxic algae has been found in Skiatook lake. The following lakes currently have closings due to blue green algae.
- Fort Gibson
Lakes with warnings include.
Lakes with advisories include.
- Fort Gibson
The US Army Corps of Engineers have asked that people follow these precautions.
- Don’t drink untreated water.
- Don’t swim, water ski, wade, or boat in areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum, or mats of algae on the water.
- If you swim or wade in water that may have blue green algae present, rinse off with fresh water and soap. This is also an effective method of reducing exposure for pets.
- Don’t let pets or livestock swim or drink where water is discolored or where you see foam, scum, or mats of algae on the water.
- Respect all water and beach closures.
If you would like to learn more about blue green algae and are in the Tulsa area, Sustainable Tulsa is having a presentation about the issue on August 4th. It will be at Elote Cafe and Catering, 514 S. Boston in downtown Tulsa, lunch is at 12:30 p.m. and the presentation and networking start at 1:00 p.m. Click here for more info.
For more information on blue green algae, visit the DEQ’s website and the US Army Corp of Engineers’ website.
Photos are all property of the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.