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Lake Burley Griffin remains closed as algae levels remain high

By Lachlan Roberts 25 March 2018 29

Areas of Lake Burley Griffin have been closed to primary contact since February 22nd and will remain closed after a recent analysis of water quality confirmed that algae levels remained high. Photo: Jack Mohr.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is reminding the community and recreational lake users to not swim or wade in Lake Burley Griffin as the lake remains closed due to elevated blue-green algae levels.

Areas of the lake have been closed to primary contact since February 22nd and will remain closed after a recent analysis of water quality confirmed that algae levels remained high.

The water samples which were taken on Monday 19 March confirmed that the lake is not safe for primary contact recreational activities and will remain closed until further notice. All Lake users should look for algae warning signs indicating the current alert level at major water entry points.

Experienced lake users such as sailers, canoers, and rowers can still use the lake.

The NCA advised that if contact with the water does occur to wash the skin as soon as possible with water and soap.

Symptoms of exposure may include skin irritation, flu-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal illness. It is advised to see a healthcare professional if these symptoms occur.

The NCA will continue to monitor lake water quality as per standard protocols with samples collected weekly.

Under the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality, two consecutive clear results must be received before lowering or removing alerts.

During the closure, the Captain Cook Memorial Jet will not be operating to remove the risk of inhalation of water droplets from the spray.

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Capital Retro 9:09 pm 25 Mar 18

Just phone (or send email) to Access Canberra – they are in the log-jam business so they would know how to handle this problem too.

Bronnie Lumley 9:08 pm 25 Mar 18

dont take the dogs Katrina

Ben Winkler 8:22 pm 25 Mar 18

Some signs would be great guys.

Jarryd Moore 8:18 pm 25 Mar 18

Oliver look don’t touch

Adam Barny 7:32 pm 25 Mar 18

Ben Eleanor lol

Ali Mac 6:21 pm 25 Mar 18

Kathy Lee what a charming place we live in- delightful

Julia M Baker 2:26 pm 25 Mar 18

Can anything be done to stop this problem or is it a natural problem?

Karen Brown 1:58 pm 25 Mar 18

Cherie Hughes green not blue!

Zoe Evans 12:36 pm 25 Mar 18

Hawk Chandler 😱

John Fox 12:07 pm 25 Mar 18

All the kayakers out the weekend too!

Jennifer Brennan 11:07 am 25 Mar 18

Don't let your animals in it either

Tim Cole 10:41 am 25 Mar 18

I wish Queanbeyan would stop using it as their personal sewerage system!

Martin Miller 10:28 am 25 Mar 18

Again the National Capital Authority are saying its our fault for not picking up the leaves. How about we build the infrastructure that removes the leaves from our waterways! ACT Government

Peter Paz 7:47 am 25 Mar 18

Need to let limited access for power boats. Stir it up and aerate it.

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