Last month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake discovered a traceable amount of HAB, more commonly known as blue-green algae toxin.
While the algae bloom has not been seen at the lake, traces of toxins have been detected. July was the first time the corps had tested the lake, and they say according to the World Health Organization, levels warranted an HAB caution.
"If you go and bathe in the water, or go water skiing, you want to take a bath with soap to cleanse your skin of any potential toxins that might be on your skin," said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Barren River Lake Project Manager Carlos Lopez.
The caution also advises people and pets to avoid drinking the water. Common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, weakness and seizures. Lopez says weekly testing shows levels of the toxin have remained at the same caution level since first found in July.
For more information on the caution, see the link below.