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Poisonous algae returns to Hutt River – warning against swimming

News from Wellington Regional Council
Swimmers and dog walkers are urged to avoid the Hutt River/Te Awakairangi between Moonshine Park and Pomare Bridge following the reoccurrence of toxic algae in the water.

“High levels of toxic algae were recorded at Silverstream and we advise against swimming or taking dogs to this stretch of the river,” says Greater Wellington Environmental Scientist – Freshwater Dr Mark Heath.

“Birchville, Maoribank Corner, and Poets Park also have new growth, though at lower levels and also with intact mats, so the likelihood of ingesting the algae there is low.

“While it’s safe to use these parts of the river, we advise people to be cautious, to keep an eye out and avoid any areas where it’s found. We’re not currently concerned about toxic algae elsewhere in the region.

“That doesn’t apply to dogs, however, which are still at risk from eating algae along the riverside and should be kept on a lead.”

Educational signs are up along the riverbank, warning people to look for toxic algae.

Earlier News (via Twitter) from Wellington Regional Council
Toxic algae has returned to the Hutt River. We advise against swimming or walking your dog in the Hutt River at Silverstream from Moonshine Park to Pomare Bridge.

There’s also new growth at Birchville, Maoribank Corner and Poets Park, though at lower levels.

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