Algae blooms have appeared in Lake Kampeska

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT) — Last week’s heavy rain in northeast South Dakota has pushed the levels of Lake Kampeska higher once again.

Some areas received five-plus inches of rain, and that has made its way down the Big Sioux River.

Upper Sioux Watershed District Program Coordinator Roger Foote gave the Watertown City Council an update on Lake Kampeska levels at their meeting Monday night.

 He says it’s all due to the weather.

Foote states that excessive nutrients being carried into the lake, along with all the water have created more algae blooms. He says he’s getting reports of algae blooms, “all over the lake”.

The state had people at the lake on Monday testing for toxins in those algae blooms.

Foote says until they dissipate, people and pets should stay out of those areas where algae blooms are present.