Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Summer 2009

Toxic Algae Awareness

Although toxic blue-green algae has always been a potential threat to public health, it became an issue of much greater concern in Nebraska in 2004.

The state’s awareness of the issue became sharply focused in early May, when the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) received reports of a dog dying after drinking water containing algae from Buccaneer Bay, a residential sandpit lake near the Platte River, south of Omaha.

The autopsy conducted on the dog and water samples taken from the lake both confirmed high levels of the algae toxin Microcystin.

Since 2004, NDEQ has been monitoring public lakes weekly during the recreational season, and urges the public to be aware of what to look for. Click here for more information about Health Alerts and toxic algae

The public can access the weekly results by going to: Toxic Blue-Green Algae and Bacteria Sampling Results.



Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186