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Increased blue-green algae levels close Lake Texoma beaches

An increased growth of blue-green algae has temporarily closed Burns Run East and West beaches on Lake Texoma.
BY OLIVIA INGLE oingle@opubco.com Modified: July 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm •  Published: July 26, 2012
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Lake Texoma beaches closed

— An increased growth of blue-green algae has temporarily closed Burns Run East and West beaches on Lake Texoma.

The Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is awaiting toxin test results to determine when the beaches can reopen.

Corps spokesman Nate Herring said blue-green algae blooms can produce toxins that affect the liver and kidneys, but most commonly cause rashes. Children and pets are the most susceptible.

“Blue-green algae is common and natural in all lakes,” he said. “The hot and dry conditions this year and last year have caused the algal bloom.”

He said the Army Corps of Engineers has taken a different approach this year than last. It has teamed up with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism to educate people about blue-green algae.

“We've provided the most information we can about the algae and have posted it around the lake,” Herring said.

Although the lake is closed to swimming, it will remain open for fishing and boating.

Blue-green algae also has been confirmed in Lake of the Arbuckles at Chickasaw National Recreation Area, but that lake remains open.

Olivia Ingle, Staff Writer


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