Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Swimmers Warned out of Pools; Toxin Concern as Tests Confirm Blue-Green Algae Rife in Popular Swimming Holes

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Swimmers Warned out of Pools; Toxin Concern as Tests Confirm Blue-Green Algae Rife in Popular Swimming Holes

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Byline: Kate Matthews Kate.Matthews@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE continuing bloom of toxic blue-green algae in Angourie's Blue and Green rock pools has prompted Clarence Valley Council to re-issue a warning to swimmers.

Council's Acting Director of Environment, Planning and Community Clem Rhoden said people should avoid contact with the water at the popular swimming holes until tests give the all clear.

"Neither pool has recorded a clear sample for more than 18 months," he said.

The swimming holes attracts thousands of visitors every year however warning signs erected on site are often ignored, vandalised or removed.

"These signs have to be replaced regularly due to vandalism but in any event appear to do little to deter people from swimming in the blue/green pools," Mr Rhoden said.

The current alert level is medium, or amber.

Mr Rhoden said Clarence Valley Council will continue to monitor the water on a monthly basis and a new sign would be erected at the site as soon as possible.

Contact with blue-green algae can cause skin rashes, eye and ear infections.

Ingesting water contaminated with blue-green algae can result in diarrhoea and possible long-term health problems. …

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