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On Aug. 14 Linn Valley Lakes issued a warning to all property owners on their Facebook page noting the possible presence of blue-green algae on the 5-acre lake at Linn Valley.

The warning noted that jar tests of the water were being conducted by the city as instructed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

The following day, Aug. 15, another post was made on Facebook, noting that the city and POA had been in touch with KDHE’s Chanute office several times. KDHE does not test private lakes, such as the ones at Linn Valley, however the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University does and samples have been sent to that lab.

In the meantime, the city and the POA have warned that if the algae is present the water in the lakes could be harmful to humans and animals. According to information from KDHE that is posted on the Linn Valley page, the general rule is  “the worse it looks the worse the risk is likely to be” and the city and POA have noted the person should avoid swimming, fishing and allowing pets in the lake.


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