Due to the presence of harmful algae in Holmes Lake, the public is urged to keep pets out of Antelope Creek in the adjacent Rickman's Run dog park. The public is encouraged to visit the City's three other dog runs:
Beginning today, Holmes Lake has been placed on "Health Alert" by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). The NDEQ, in conjunction with numerous collaborators, monitors public beaches and samples water for microcystin, a toxin produced as a result of a harmful algal bloom. A lake that exceeds 20 ppb (parts per billion) of microcystin remains under Health Alert status until such time that it has tested below 20 ppb for two continuous weeks. Signs are posted recommending people avoid full body exposure to the water. It is also recommended that pets not be allowed to enter or drink the lake and creek water.
The public is reminded that portions of the Stransky Dog Run are closed for installation of concrete paths, benches and two shade structures. During construction, large and small dogs will use a single area. The small dog area will be closed first. Once the small dog area is completed, the large dog area will be closed for work.
More information on the NDEQ is available at deq.ne.gov. More information on the Parks and Recreation Department is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.