Blue-green algae Red Alert warning lifted in the Murray River at Mildura

Blue-green algae Red Alert warning lifted in the Murray River at Mildura

14 April 2021

The Red Alert warning (high level) for the lower Murray River at Mildura, including Mildura Marina, has been lifted. Sampling by WaterNSW and Lower Murray Water has shown a decrease in blue-green algal concentrations over the past two weeks at this location.

A red alert remains current for the Murray River from Merbein to Wentworth, and the upstream Mount Dispersion.

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 – http://www.waternsw.com.au/algae

General inquires – Dane Clarke – 0419 423 115

Media Contact – Tony Webber – 0428 613 478 or Angela Davies 0467 947 426

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