Al­gal bloom at Stawell’s Cato Lake

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An al­gal bloom at Stawell’s Cato Lake has prompted au­thor­i­ties to ad­vise peo­ple to avoid and pre­vent their an­i­mals from com­ing into con­tact with wa­ter from the lake.

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil has erected warn­ing signs at the lake and will re­move them when the al­gae nat­u­rally dis­si­pates and con­di­tions al­low.

Al­gal blooms are a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non in wa­ter bod­ies, mak­ing the wa­ter ap­pear green as well as of­ten appearing to have scum on the sur­face of the wa­ter.

Types of blue-green al­gae can pro­duce ill­ness-in­duc­ing tox­ins.

Al­gal blooms have oc­curred at Cato Lake in the past.

North­ern Grampians mayor Kevin Er­win said it was im­por­tant the com­mu­nity take note and ad­here to the warn­ing signs.

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