After evaluating the condition of Springfork Lake on Friday, July 8, it was determined, that the lake will remain closed to the public through at least July 15.

The City said in a press release Friday that it plans to continue evaluating the lake’s condition in relation to the continued presence of an algae bloom to determine a re-opening date for public recreational use.

The City of Sedalia said 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 Springfork Lake as a source of public drinking water. Therefore, this bloom presents no hazard to the drinking water supply.

The City apologized for any inconvenience the closure of Springfork Lake may cause. However, in an abundance of caution, they said they believe it is the appropriate action to ensure the protection of public health and the environment.

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