Algal bloom at Stawell’s Cato Lake
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.