Blue-green algae Red Alert warning for Copeton Dam storage has been cleared

Blue-green algae Red Alert warning for Copeton Dam storage has been cleared

28 July 2020

The previously issued Red Alert level warning (high alert) for toxic blue-green algae has been cleared for the Copeton Dam storage

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 visiting our Algae webpage.

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