- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - Tests performed this week show that it is safe to swim in Sutherland Reservoir in western Nebraska.

Nebraska Public Power District says the tests shows that the blue-green algae found in the lake don’t represent a health concern.

NPPD had asked state officials to test the water after the algae was reported.

Blue-green algae can be harmful to humans and pets in large quantities.

Skin exposed to the toxin can develop rashes and blisters. Someone who drinks water containing the toxin is at risk for headaches, nausea and muscular pain.

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