- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State officials have issued health advisories at two southeastern Nebraska lakes because of toxic blue-green algae.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the advisories are in effect at Branched Oak and Pawnee lakes in Lancaster County.

During testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated levels of the toxic algae. Visitors to Branched Oak and Pawnee state recreation areas should avoid full body contact activities, including swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are still deemed safe.

The lakes will be tested weekly through the summer, and the health advisory will be lifted if the algae levels return to normal.

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