Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Blue/Green Algae Spotted In The Oroua River


MEDIA RELEASE
Horizons Regional Council

Friday 11 January, 2012

Blue/Green Algae Spotted In The Oroua River

Horizons Regional Council is advising people to take care around the Oroua River near Feilding this weekend following the discovery of blue/green algae in the area.

Toxins produced by the algae, also known as cyanobacteria, have been known to cause animal deaths and can cause skin irritation in humans. Dogs and young children are particularly susceptible.

Horizons water quality spokesperson Barry Gilliland says it is not yet known whether this particular strain of cyanobacteria is toxic but preliminary testing is underway. Previous sampling has detected no toxic algae in the Oroua River.
“The slimy, black algae can bloom very quickly in warmer weather and will appear as a shiny black mat on the rocks. Warning signs will be going up today as a precautionary measure and if you see it, it is best to stay away,” Mr Gilliland said.

“If you are concerned your dog may have eaten the algae it is recommended you contact your veterinarian immediately,” he said.

Blue/green algae is present in most of the Region’s rivers all year round and in favourable conditions such as during periods of warm water temperature and low flow, grows quickly and may out compete other algae species if the conditions are right.

For more information about cyanobacteria please visit Horizons website www.horizons.govt.nz.

Horizons Regional Council | 24 hr freephone 0508 800 800 | www.horizons.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Protests At Child-Abuse Plea Bargains: Long Sentence For Moko Killers Welcomed

Family First NZ is welcoming the sentence of 17 years given to the killers of Moko, but is continuing to call for a review of child abuse laws and for changes to the legal system to avoid ‘plea bargains’ and child abuse killers having their charges reduced from murder to manslaughter. More>>

ALSO:

No Rail For New Harbour Crossing: National Giving Up On Rail In Auckland

The National Government’s decision to scrap two planned rail lines in Auckland shows it is giving up on a city-wide rail network in Auckland, and on thousands of commuters who sit in traffic jams every single day, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news