The City of Salina has been working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) since July 3 to evaluate whether Blue-Green Algae is present at the pond in Jerry Ivey Park, 2465 Edward St. KDHE determined that Blue-Green Algae is present, and the following precautions should be taken:
* People and pets should avoid contact with the pond water or dried algae.
* People and pets should avoid areas of algae accumulation.
Numerous signs have been placed around the perimeter of the pond to make people aware of this warning. All other water facilities within the park (spray-grounds, restrooms, water fountains) are not subject to this warning.
Pet owners should be aware that pets that swim in or drink water affected by Blue-Green Algae, or eat dried Blue-Green Algae may become seriously ill or die.
If people or pets come into contact with pond water or dried algae, wash off the area of contact immediately with clean water. Should nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, breathing problems or other unexplained illness occur, immediately contact a doctor or veterinarian .
The City of Salina will continue to work with KDHE to identify and implement the best approach to safely and effectively treat the Blue-Green Algae in the pond.
KDHE samples publicly-accessible bodies of water for Blue-Green Algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas. Based on
sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions. For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal
blooms, visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm. Human and animal illnesses potentially related to harmful algal blooms can also be reported
through this website or by calling the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at (877) 427-7317.
For further information about the pond at Jerry Ivey Park, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (785) 309-5765.