Algal blooms still part of the summer water scene
Released 09 Jan 2009
Department of Water South West Regional Manager, Wayne Tingey, said algal activity in the region's inlets and rivers is still being monitored by the Department for any change, or signs of toxicity.
"The Department of Water conducted sampling in several waterways yesterday and is continuing to monitor an algal bloom that has flared up near the mouth of the Scott River in the Hardy Inlet," said Mr Tingey.
"Results today have identified the bloom as predominately Lyngbya again, with traces of other cyanobacteria that are likely to have been flushed in with recent heavy rains in the region.
"Windy conditions in the inlet are assisting with the break-up of the bloom, but environmental factors can change the situation in a matter of days, so we're monitoring regularly.
"At this stage we have no indication that the bloom is spreading, and we know from our recent sampling that algae levels are lower but still of concern.
"Weather conditions are assisting in breaking down this outbreak, however that won't be a speedy process and we need to be watchful to ensure we're on top of the situation," he said.
Further information about the Department of Water's monitoring of river levels is available on the Department's website at www.water.wa.gov.au and following the link under 'Maps, data and atlases' to 'River level information'.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441