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Blue-green algae red alert issued for Lake Cullulleraine

Lower Murray Water (LMW) has issued a red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae in Lake Cullulleraine.

 

The declaration follows sampling undertaken by LMW and is in addition to the red alert warnings issued by WaterNSW for the Murray River from Red Cliffs to Lock 9 (inclusive) and Mt Dispersion.

 

Levels of blue-green algae in other sections of the Murray River continue to fluctuate.

 

LMW Managing Director Anthony Couroupis said it was important the community exercised caution in red alert level areas.

 

“Monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae in Lake Cullulleraine which are not considered safe for recreation or domestic use where people may be coming into direct contact with the water such as swimming, showering or washing,” Mr Couroupis said.

 

“We understand this is not the news the community wants to hear, especially with the hot weather expected over the weekend and the Australia Day public holiday approaching.

 

“While it is not possible to predict how long algae will remain at high levels, LMW will continue regular monitoring at Lake Cullulleraine and the community will be notified as levels reduce.”

 

Signage will be positioned on the foreshore of Lake Cullulleraine to alert visitors to the warnings in place.

 

Blue-green algae usually appear as green paint-like scums on the water near the edges, or as greenish clumps throughout the water. The water may appear dirty, green or discoloured and may also have a strong musty or earthy odour.

 

People who believe they may have been affected by blue-green algae are advised to seek medical advice.

 

More information, including a map of current warnings in the LMW service region, is available on the LMW website: www.lmw.vic.gov.au/blue-green-algae.