Amber alert is current at Buronga

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Thursday, 30 July, 2020

 

Blue green algae Amber alert  is current at Buronga

Green alerts are also current at Echuca/Moama, Tooleybuc, Euston, MtDispersion, Curlwaa, Fort Courage, Lock 8 and Lake Victoria outlet.

The potentially toxic species identified from monthly sampling along the Murray River was the colony forming cyanobacteria Microcystis sp. As one of the most common bloom-forming cyanobacterium Microcystis exhibits phenotypic plasticity, readily adapting to a wide range of environmental conditions including water temperatures from 12 to 30 º.

Weekly monitoring conducted by WaterNSW has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have declined prompting the lifting of the Red Alert.

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

Due to the number of enquiries water utilities have received  from the public regarding taste and odour issues a fact sheet can be located at, Goulburn Valley Water Murray River Taste and Odour Fact Sheet.    Water utilities have described the 2019/20 conditions along the Murray River from Albury/Wodonga to Mildura/Buronga as unprecedented.

 

 

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