Rockford State Lake, Willard Meyer Lake on health alert

BEATRICE – Two southeast Nebraska lakes have been placed on the health alert list.

A health alert for toxic blue-green algae has been issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for Rockford Lake in Gage County and Swan Creek Lake, known as the Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area in Saline County.

Wirth Brothers Lake in Johnson County remains on the health alert list, from a prior notification.

Lakes now removed from health alerts include Calamus Reservoir in Loup County and Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County.

When a health alert is issued, signs are posted telling the public to use caution.  Swimming beaches are closed during the alerts. Recreational boating and fishing are permitted, but persons should use caution and avoid exposure to the water.  Also keep pets from getting  in the water or drinking  from the lake. Public areas for camping, picnics and other activities can still be used.

Weekly sampling has been conducted at 53 public lakes since the first week of May. The lakes will continue to be monitored weekly through the end of September.