Harmful levels of blue-green algae have been located in the Treasure Island portion of Lake Texoma west to the mouth of the Red River including Buncombe Creek and Big Mineral Arms is now under a “warning” and water contact is prohibited, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


 


Corps’ recreation areas included in the warning are: Caney Creek, Buncombe Creek, and Juniper Point. The parks are still open to camping, but the “warning” means the water is considered unsafe for people and pets.


 


Harmful levels of blue-green algae have been located in the Treasure Island portion of Lake Texoma west to the mouth of the Red River including Buncombe Creek and Big Mineral Arms is now under a “warning” and water contact is prohibited, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Corps’ recreation areas included in the warning are: Caney Creek, Buncombe Creek, and Juniper Point. The parks are still open to camping, but the “warning” means the water is considered unsafe for people and pets.

 

In addition, Lake Texoma is now under lake-wide blue - green algae “advisory.” An “advisory” means water contact is discouraged and water may be unsafe for people and pets.

 

Blue-green algae are naturally present in Tulsa District lakes at low concentrations, however, during hot and dry conditions, nuisance blue-green algae blooms can occur and these blooms can create unwanted risks associated with swimming and wading at recreational areas. A blue-green algae bloom can occur in any lake at any time if the conditions are right.

 

The Corps of Engineers will post updates online at www.swt.usace.army.mil, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usacetulsa.