U.S Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District announced today a potentially toxic blue-green algae bloom at the outlet campground river pond downstream of Melvern Lake. Blue-green algae identification tests and toxin tests performed July 31 by USACE staff identified cyanobacteria or blue-green algae present including low levels of the toxin microcystin.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake invites the public to attend The Kansas Summer Sky Program at 9:15 p.m. Aug. 15th at 9:30 p.m. at the east end of the dam. Attendees will meet at the east dam parking lot and rangers will give directions to the top of the hill where the program will be held.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City Districts reports that the blue-green algae bloom reported earlier this month has dissipated and the lake elevation has now fallen to only 3 feet above normal pool. The beaches are open and lake recreation has returned to normal conditions.
The sinkhole that occurred at the Tuttle Creek stilling basin parking lot July 9, 2015 is scheduled to be filled July 16, primarily to eliminate the public hazard associated with the open hole in the parking lot. This measure will allow access to the area below the dam to be reopened to the public. The opening of the area is expected to occur by the end of the day July 17.