4 April 2013

Lake Tuggeranong somewhat less toxic

| johnboy
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ESD have the happy news that after many months the algae threat in Lake Tuggeranong has been reduced to medium alert:

Due to extreme levels of blue-green algae Lake Tuggeranong had been closed for primary contact since November 30th 2012. The current medium blue-green algae alert means the Lake is now open for primary contact however warnings remain in place.

The community should continue to exercise caution in and around the lake. Swimming or allowing pets in the water is not advised.

Signage has been erected around the lake to remind the community of the risks of increased levels of blue-green algae.

At a medium warning level some susceptible individuals exposed to this water during recreation may experience symptoms such as skin/mucosa irritation, flu-like symptoms or gastrointestinal illness.

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To give the previous comment a bit more context. Here is a link to the media report about Lake Tuggeranong being closed.

A Government rep was on 666 Mornings a couple of weeks ago crowing about Lake Tuggeranong being open to the public (I wondered how long it would last as it has been shut every year for over a decade). So I had to laugh (or cry) at the News today that Lake Tuggeranong has again been closed due to Algae build up.

They announced Federal funds to clean up Lake Tuggeranong 6 months ago, but it has gone very quiet again. I wonder if Andrew Barr has once again re-directed federal funds away from Lake Tuggeranong to support his nearby Lyneham wetlands in his own Electorate. See page 4 http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/340399/Documents_-_Termination_of_Part_B_Stage_1.pdf

I’ve been using the lake for a couple of months now – no problems. Not even skin irritation.
When I look very closely I can’t even see the little pods of algae at all.
Let’s see how long it takes them to remove the signs this time….

Algae in the lake(s) doesn’t pose any threat whatsoever. The cyanobacteria, on the other hand…

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