After evaluating the condition of Springfork Lake on Tues., Oct. 12, 2021, it was determined, that the lake would reopen for public use beginning Oct. 13, 2021. The City closed the lake on Sept. 21, 2021 for public use as it was believed to be in the best interest of public health due to a concern related to an algae bloom occurring at the lake.
The concern was that the bloom was a blue-green algae, also known
as cyanobacteria, which are microscopic organisms found naturally in all
types of water. In warm, nutrient-rich environments, cyanobacteria can
multiply quickly, creating blooms that spread across the water's
surface. These blooms can create toxins that are harmful to humans and
pets. An algae bloom of this type is not unusual.
Several years ago, the City of Sedalia discontinued use of Springfork
Lake as a source of public drinking water. Therefore, this bloom
presented no hazard to the drinking water supply.
We apologize for any inconvenience closure of Springfork Lake
may have caused, however, in an abundance of caution we believe it was the
appropriate action to ensure protection of public health and the
environment. The lake is now re-opened for recreational use by the public.
When: Wed., Oct. 13, 2021
Where: Springfork Lake
Why: Lake Reopens for Public Recreational Use