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Blue Green Algae update 6th April 2018

Blue Green Algae update 6th April 2018

See below for the blue-green algae report for 6th April 2018

Water NSW has issued a red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae for the Murrumbidgee River at Hay Weir Pool including Leonard Street and Hay Weir Bouy Sites.

 

A red alert warning indicates that people should not undertake recreational activities where they may come into contact with the water, such as swimming, as well as domestic uses including showering and washing.  Contact with the water may also pose a threat to livestock and pets.

 

Warning signs are positioned at key recreational areas and will remain in place while high levels of blue-green algae are present.

 

The species of blue-green algae identified are potentially toxic and may cause gastroenteritis in humans if consumed and skin and eye irritations after contact.  Boiling water does not remove algal toxins.

 

People are advised not to enter the water, not to drink untreated water or bathe in water drawn from the dam while this red alert level warning is in place.  Town water supplies remain unaffected and safe to drink.

 

Livestock owners are reminded to continue to check stock water supplies for blue-green algae and to remove stock from foreshores where surface scum is visible or blue-green algae are suspected.

 

Blue-green algae usually appear as green paint-like scums on water, near the edges, or as greenish clumps throughout the water.  It makes the water appear dirty, green or discoloured and generally has a strong musty or earthy odour.

 

People should not eat mussels or crayfish from red level warning areas.  Any fish caught should be cleaned and washed thoroughly in uncontaminated water and any internal organs disposed or before consumption.

 

Blue – green algae occur naturally and can reproduce quickly in favourable conditions where there is still or slow-flowing water, abundant sunlight and sufficient level of nutrients.

 

It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels.  Regular monitoring will continue and the alert will be lifted as soon as the high levels of algae dissipate.

 

People who believe they may have been affected by blue-green algae are advised to seek medical advice.

 

Information updates about blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can be obtained from the Regional Algal Coordinating Committee free- call Algal Information Hotline on 1800 999 457, WaterNSW on twitter or  visit

 http://www.waternsw.com.au/water-quality/algae

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WaterNSW Blue Green Algae update 06 April  2018

 

Red alerts are current for the Hay Weir Pool including Leonard Street and Hay Weir Boy Sites.

Amber alerts are current for Burrinjuck Dam at Goodhope and the Murrumbidgee at Carathool.

The results further indicate that Burrinjuck Dam at Woolgarlo, Burrinjuck Station 1 (Dam Wall), Blowering Station 1 (Dam Wall) and Redbank Weir Buoy Sites are on Green alert.

Samples from other sites have no alert.

Lake Albert in Wagga Wagga is still in a state of Red alert.

 

See below for the blue-green algae report for 6th April 2018

 

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Blue Green Algae update 21 February 2018

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Blue Green Algae update 16 March 2018

Blue Green Algae update 28 March 2018 and WaterNSW Media release

Blue Green Algae update 06 April 2018

 

For more information please visit  http://www.waternsw.com.au/water-quality/algae

 

 

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