Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted for Bogan River at Gongolgon

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted for Bogan River at Gongolgon

12 July 2019

The high-level algal warning (Red Alert) has been cleared for the Bogan River at Gongolgon, located 70km south of Brewarrina.

Monitoring by WaterNSW has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have declined, prompting the Red Alert to be lifted.

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

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

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