- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - Officials say the Sutherland Reservoir in western Nebraska is safe for swimming.

Nebraska Public Power District officials said Thursday that blue-green algae spotted near the shore of Hershey Beach was within safety standards.

The North Platte Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1qLv4mb ) the state Department of Environmental Quality tested the water and determined the algae was not a health concern for the public.

The utility had warned the public that the algae could be harmful to humans and pets in large quantities. Recreational activities at the reservoir can now resume.

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Information from: The North Platte Telegraph, http://www.nptelegraph.com

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