Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted at Macintyre River at Boggabilla, Toomelah and Goondiwindi

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted at Macintyre River at Boggabilla, Toomelah and Goondiwindi

22 August 2019

The Red Alert level warning (high alert) for toxic blue-green algae at Macintyre River at Boggabilla, Toomelah and Goondiwindi has been lifted.

Monitoring by WaterNSW and Goondiwindi Regional Council has shown a reduction in concentrations of blue-green algae, prompting the removal of the Red Alert.

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

Blue-green algae usually appear as green paint-like scums on the 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 who believe they may have been affected by blue-green algae are advised to seek medical advice.
Updates about blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can be obtained by calling 1800 999 457 or visiting our algae webpage.

Media Contact – Tony Webber – 0428 613 478
General inquiries – Tracy Fulford- 02 6763 3910

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