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Lake Mitchell water quality improves

A Lake Mitchell bay is filled with algae near the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village on Aug. 8, 2017. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

Just in time for the weekend, Lake Mitchell's water quality improved.

The city of Mitchell lowered its voluntary Lake Mitchell alert from "warning" to "watch," asking people to use caution when entering the lake rather than discouraging contact.

Despite a thick, green algae filling several bays at the 670-acre lake, there are no closures and all beaches and access areas are open. But the city still recommends using caution.

"Areas in Lake Mitchell might be unsafe for people and animals, avoid areas of algae accumulation, use caution when contacting lake water and wash with clean water afterward," states a press release available on the city of Mitchell's website. "Use extra caution with small children, don't let people/pets eat dried algae or drink untreated lake water."

The warning was lowered to a watch with algae-indicating chlorophyll and microcystin quantities dropping to a safe level.

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