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Algae Alert Extended at Willow Creek Lake

LINCOLN – A health alert has been extended for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lake earlier this week.

High levels of the algae were first detected last week, and a health alert was implemented at the lake. The health alert will remain in effect for at least two weeks.

It is recommended that visitors to the lake, located on Willow Creek State Recreation Area, avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are not affected by the alert.

Additionally, Cunningham Lake in Douglas County and Holmes Lake in Lancaster County tested high for E. coli bacteria earlier this week. Neither lake is closed to any activities, but visitors are encouraged to use caution when engaging in fully body contact activities.

Updated lake algae and bacteria levels are posted each week at deq.ne.gov.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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