Al­gae warn­ings in place at Green, Marma lakes

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Green Lake near Hor­sham re­mains closed af­ter Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil iden­ti­fied an out­break of blue-green al­gae last week.

Coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor John Martin said sam­ples of wa­ter taken from the lake con­firmed the pres­ence of the po­ten­tially toxic al­gae.

Mr Martin said the out­break was mild, but cur­rent hot weather con­di­tions could ex­ac­er­bate it.

He said signs warn­ing peo­ple of the dan­ger had been erected and the lake would be closed to the pub­lic un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Mur­toa’s Lake Marma also re­mains closed with an out­break of blue-green al­gae.

The lake has been closed since late De­cem­ber.

A Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire Coun­cil spokes­woman said an­other wa­ter sam­ple had been taken on Mon­day and the coun­cil was wait­ing to re­ceive re­sults.

“Due to the high tem­per­a­tures they’re not ex­pect­ing it to have cleared,” she said.

“Un­til fur­ther no­tice peo­ple should con­sider the al­gae warn­ing ac­tive.

“As soon as it clears up we will let peo­ple know.”

OP­TIONS: Ruben Fer­gu­son and James Slat­ter head to the Wim­mera River for a swim. Peo­ple are ad­vised to look for signs be­fore swim­ming in rivers and lakes for po­ten­tial blue-green al­gae out­breaks.

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