LINCOLN – A health advisory has been lifted at Sutherland Reservoir near Sutherland.
Earlier this month, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) detected elevated levels of toxic algae at the lake. As a precaution, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission closed the lake to swimming and advised visitors to avoid ingesting water and to keep pets out of the water. All other activities were unaffected.
Testing earlier this week by the DEQ indicated that algae levels had returned to normal levels. As a result, Game and Parks has reopened the swimming beach for public use.
More information on algae levels at lakes statewide can be found on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality website, deq.ne.gov.