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Blue-green algae scums on Lake Ainsworth – warning signs erected

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Ballina Shire Council (BSC) is warning Lake Ainsworth users that there are blue-green algae scums on Lake Ainsworth that should be avoided. 

Blue-green algae scums on Lake Ainsworth.

‘Due to the presence of slicks and scums warning signs have been erected,’ said BSC in a press release this morning. 

‘Users should obey all signage erected by Council. Slicks and scums should be avoided as they are areas of concentrated algae and may present a health risk.

Blue-green algae scums on Lake Ainsworth.

Avoid slicks and scums

‘Council will visually monitor the situation and will remove warning signs when the water is safe for swimming.’

Currently, the total cyanophyta biovolume is unknown

‘Generally swimming at Lake Ainsworth is not recommended within three days of rainfall due to the increased bacteria levels,’ state BSC.

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