Blue-green algae warning for Lake Lonsdale
Last updated: 4 pm, 7 February 2020
Blue green algae warning
Reason: Blue Green Algae Alert
Starting: 4 pm, 7 February 2020
We advise the public to avoid direct contact with water in Lake Lonsdale after monitoring detected levels of blue-green algae above levels considered safe for recreational use.
People may still boat, sightsee and enjoy other activities at the lake that do not involve direct water contact.
Warning signs have been positioned at major recreational areas around the lake and will remain in place while there are elevated levels of blue-green algae.
• Avoiding all contact with affected water.
• People who come into contact with the affected water should wash skin immediately in clean water.
• Affected water not be used for cooking, drinking, washing or showering. Boiling the water will not make it safe to use.
Blue-green algae facts:
• Blue-green algae occurs naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness, sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, nausea or vomiting.
• It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels within the lake.
Anglers wanting more information please visit - https://vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/fishing-locations/inland-angling-guide/special-articles/blue-green-algae
The lake will be monitored regularly and the community will be kept informed of the situation through the media, Facebook and Twitter.