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Algae limits activities at one NE Nebraska lake

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PIERCE, NE (KTIV/US92) - Activities are limited at one Siouxland lake due to a common yet toxic algae.

Willow Creek Lake in Pierce, Nebraska is under a health advisory due to toxic levels of blue-green algae.

Prime nutrient levels and summer weather conditions will promote the growth of this algae.

The health advisory is for no contact which means officials do not advise swimming, skiing and tubing.

Officials also do not advise your dog taking a dip in the lake either because they can become ill.

"Anybody can be on the lake. It has an advisory but it is up to their own risk. You can power boat, you can fish and stuff like that.  We just advise against direct contact or ingestion of water from the lake," said Dave Tunink, Assistant administrator of fisheries and management.  

Tunink says if a person comes in contact with this blue-green algae, it will cause skin irritation and intestinal distress.

Tunink says he hopes the advisory can be lifted soon.

The state is just waiting for two weekly tests of the lake to come back below toxic levels.

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