Recreation Health Alerts

Recreation Health Alerts

Effective Thursday, June 22, 2017, a Health Alert has been issued for Iron Horse Trail Lake due to high levels of toxic, blue-green algae. Therefore, restrictions are placed on body contact with the water which includes swimming or wading. Signs are posted at the park warning visitors of the dangers, which are typically skin irritations or stomach/intestinal disorders if the water is ingested. Children and pets are particularly at risk and should be kept out of the water until tests prove the levels have dropped below the 20 ppm limit considered as the threshhold for safety. Keep in mind also that tests are taken once a week on Monday, and results are not returned until Thursday. Water conditions can change rapidly, so a low readying from Monday's test does not guarantee water safety on Friday. Use common sense and avoid any water that appears to have a pea green paint like scum on the surface and may or may not exhibit a strong, disagreeable odor. Results for lakes tested throughout the state are available on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's website: www.deq.ne.gov.

This health alert will remain in place until two consecutive samples return toxin levels below the 20 ppm limit. That means the lake will be on health alert until at least July 6. Check back here, on our Facebook page, or by calling our office for the most up-to-date information.