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Algae Alert Issued for Willow Creek Lake

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

It is recommended that visitors to the lake, located on Willow Creek State Recreation Area (SRA), 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.

A limited number of vouchers to the swimming pool in nearby Pierce will be available to park visitors who want to swim. The passes will be available at the lake.

Additionally, Conestoga Lake at Conestoga SRA in Lancaster County tested high for E. coli bacteria earlier this week. The lake is not closed to any activities, but visitors are encouraged to use caution when engaging in full 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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