Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted downstream from Yarrawonga Weir/Lake Mulwala

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted downstream from Yarrawonga Weir/Lake Mulwala

06 March 2020

The previously issued high level algal warning (Red Alert) for sites downstream from Yarrawonga Weir/Lake Mulwala has been cleared.

Monitoring conducted by WaterNSW has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have declined prompting the lifting of the Red Alert at Cobram, Tocumwal, Picnic Point and Barmah.

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 – Elizabeth Symes- 02 6022 5326

Loading

82.9
Wednesday 01 April
0.5
2,152,891 ML
2,596,150 ML
9,146 ML
1,307 ML
11,951 ML
Wednesday 01 April