After evaluating the condition of Spring Fork Lake on Monday, July 25, it was determined, that the lake will remain closed to the public through at least Aug. 1.

The City plans to continue evaluating the lake’s condition in relation to the continued presence of the algae bloom to determine a re-opening date for public recreational use. The City of Sedalia said in a press release Monday that it believes the closing of the lake until the algae bloom has dissipated is in the best interest of public health due to the continuing concerns related to the algae bloom occurring at the lake.

The concern is that this bloom may be a blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, which are microscopic organisms found naturally in all types of water. In warm, nutrient-rich environments, cyanobacteria can multiply quickly, creating blooms that spread across the water’s surface. These blooms can create toxins that are harmful to humans and pets. An algae bloom of this type is not unusual.

“Several years ago, the City of Sedalia discontinued use of Spring Fork Lake as a source of public drinking water. Therefore, this bloom presents no hazard to the drinking water supply. We apologize for any inconvenience closure of Springfork Lake may cause, however, in an abundance of caution we believe it is the appropriate action to ensure protection of public health and the environment,” the City said.

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