Tychonema algae alert still active for Lake Tuggeranong

Released 02/12/2016

Access Canberra is issuing a reminder that Tychonema algae is present in Lake Tuggeranong.

Pet owners should not allow their animals to swim in or drink the water, as Tychonema algae can make pets very ill or even result in death.  The clumps of algae represent a risk to dogs because when the clumps break free and drift into shallow areas, dogs can wade/walk and swallow a clump when drinking or playing in the water.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to Tychonema algae exposure as they are more likely to swallow water during recreation. Parents/guardians should monitor children closely and discourage submersion of the face or head to limit Tychonema algae exposure.

Where possible, people using this water for recreation should shower as soon as practicable after leaving the water to remove algae from the skin. Clothing or swimwear that has been in algae-affected water should also be thoroughly washed to remove any algae residue.

Water event organisers should ensure all participants are aware of the Tychonema algae Alert Level, the associated exposure risks and provide adequate shower facilities.

Algae levels can change quickly. Water users should look for algae warnings signs which indicate the current algae alert level. Warning signs are located at public access areas.

The original alert for Tychonema algae in Lake Tuggeranong was issued on 11 November 2016.

There are also algae alerts in place for other waterways in Canberra.

Lake Ginninderra remains closed to primary contact due to the presence of blue-green algae. An alert on this was originally provided on 1 November 2016.

Yerrabi Pond also remains closed due to the presence of blue-green algae since the alert of 25 November 2016.

For more information on Tychonema algae and Alert Levels visit www.environment.act.gov.au  or contact the Environment Protection Authority through Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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