Red Alert warning lifted for Commissioners Waters extending to Blue Holes near Armidale

Red Alert warning lifted for Commissioners Waters extending to Blue Holes near Armidale

24 January 2020

The blue-green algal Red Alert for Commissioners Waters extending to Blue Holes near Armidale has now been lifted. Sampling by WaterNSW has shown significantly reduced levels of blue-green algae.

The Commissioners Waters site is now at No Alert however the Gara River at Blue Holes is at Amber Alert level. Recreational users are advised to apply caution and avoid any areas where scums or other signs of blue-green algae are present.

There has been significant rainfall in the area over the last few weeks and flows are now moderate to high. There is potential for the algal blooms to return under favourable conditions. National Parks and Wildlife personnel will monitor the Blue Holes area and advise if any signs of blue-green algae appear.

Stock and domestic users are advised to apply caution and avoid extraction of, or stock watering, in areas where scums or other signs of algal blooms occur.

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 visiting our algae webpage or calling 1800 999 457.

Media Contact – Tony Webber – 0428 613 478

General Enquiries – Tracy Fulford - 02 6763 3910, Hannah Took – 0436 653 394

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