Veterans Memorial Lake, located at 1401 S. Sixth St., has been closed temporarily to the public while state authorities investigate the water quality of the lake.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is conducting testing and looking into the matter. While it is possible that an algae bloom has developed, that has not been officially determined at this time.
This closure is just a precautionary measure. The City of Arkansas City will provide an update once KDHE has made its determination.
Until then, the lake is closed to boating and fishing activities.
The walking trail remains open to the public, however.
In the meantime, KDHE is putting the lake under a Public Health Watch for possible blue-green algae development. This watch has been posted on the barricades at the lake.
For more information, visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/download/watch-signage.pdf.
This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson.