Lone Star open for visitors despite algae alert
OHIOWA — Lone Star Recreation Area near here remains open, but direct contact with the water in the lake will be discouraged at least through next week due to elevated levels of toxic blue-green algae there.
A health alert was announced Friday by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. Lone Star became the first subject of such an alert for the 2013 recreation season after a sample turned up a reading of 26.6 parts per billion of the toxin microcystin. Samples exceeding 20 ppb generate an alert.
The health alert means signs are posted at the lake advising the public to use caution. Also, the swimming beach will be closed until the alert is canceled, said Mike Onnen, general manager of the Little Blue Natural Resources District, which owns and operates the recreation area.