Oklahoma lakes closed for blue-green algae bacteria

Posted on: 7:56 am, July 25, 2012, by

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s 200 lakes and rivers are in danger of blue-green algae bacteria.

Blue-green algae has been spotted in parts of Lake Texoma.

The Army Corps of Engineers says the beaches at East and West Burns Run on the Bryan County side of Texoma are now temporarily closed because the latest test results by the Corps show an elevated blue-green algae cell count.

If it’s green on top.. Stop!

Officials are saying the drop in water levels at area lakes and the high temperatures have contributed to the rise in the cell count.

Recent algae test results at individual sites on four Oklahoma lakes managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Eufala, Tenkiller, Fort Gibson and Texoma.

The toxins produced by blue-green algae may cause a variety of reactions, including: upper respiratory problems, eye irritation, vomiting and diarrhea.

Any contact with contaminated water can be harmful.