Blue green algae Red Alert warning for Picnic Point on the Murray River

Blue green algae Red Alert warning for Picnic Point on the Murray River

31 March 2020

A high-level algal warning (Red Alert) has been issued for Picnic Point on the Murray River.

The red alert issued for Tocumwal remains in place. This declaration of a red alert follows testing undertaken by WaterNSW. Levels of blue green algae in other sections of the river continue to fluctuate.

A red alert level warning indicates that people should not undertake recreational activities where they may be coming into direct contact with the water.

Contact with the water may also pose a threat to livestock, and pets. The dominant cyanobacteria detected are known to be toxin producers and may produce a strong musty odour.

People are advised not to enter the water, not to drink untreated water or bathe in untreated water while a red alert level warning is in place. Boiling the water will not remove algal toxins.

People should not eat fish, mussels or crayfish from red alert warning areas.

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.

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 – Elizabeth Symes - 0403 199 077

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