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Health Advisory in Effect at Harlan County Reservoir, Lifted at Pawnee Lake

LINCOLN – A health advisory is in effect at Harlan County Reservoir in Harlan County after high levels of toxic blue-green algae were detected earlier this week. Meanwhile, a health advisory has been lifted at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County.

The elevated algae levels at Harlan County Reservoir were detected during testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). During this same round of testing, blue-green algae levels at Pawnee Lake were shown to have dropped to normal levels.

Visitors to Harlan County Reservoir should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK.

The lake will be tested weekly through the summer months, and the health advisory will be lifted if the algae levels return to normal.

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