Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Blue-Green Algae Threat Could Increase

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Blue-Green Algae Threat Could Increase

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VISITORS to Borumba Dam have been warned about potential outbreaks of blue-green algae as temperatures start to rise.

The detection of the algae can lead to recreation restrictions at the dam, popular with campers, boaties and fishermen throughout summer.

Seqwater CEO Peter Dennis said yesterday a low level of blue-green algae in south-east Queensland waterways was not detrimental to the environment.

"Under certain conditions though, the algae can grow rapidly and become a dominating nuisance in our waterways," Mr Dennis said.

"Blue-green algae blooms generally occur in the warmer months due to increased water temperature and optimal light conditions.

"So it is likely we will see an increase in the algae in coming weeks.

"Various toxins released by some species of blue-green algae can present a potential health risk to visitors. Exposure to the algae can result in a rash developing. High levels of algae can cause headaches, nausea, muscular pains, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. …

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