Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to keep their dogs on leashes if heading near Waimanu Lagoon in Waikanae this weekend due to the potential presence of a toxic algae.
The Council has tested an algae growth, thought to be a blue-green algae, at the lagoon and will be able to confirm after the weekend whether it is toxic or not.
The algae has been spotted around the edge of the lagoon and Council staff has a sample in for testing.
As a precaution, people are advised if they are taking their dogs for a walk in the area to please make sure it is on a leash.
Signage has been put up at the site advising people using the walking track around the lagoon.
What to look out for:
In lakes and slow flowing waters, cyanobacteria algae grow in a free floating (also called planktonic) form, which can cause the water to become murky or cloudy.
Free floating cyanobacterial blooms are generally green in colour and can give lakes a ‘pea soup’ appearance. Free floating cyanobacteria can also form films or scums on the water’s surface, especially at the water’s edge.
More information about toxic algae can be found at www.gw.govt.nz/toxic-algae
DOGS IN TOGS COMING TO KĀPITI
Kāpiti canines will be able to cool off at Waikanae Pool next week for the first Dogs in Togs summer swim event on the coast. Kāpiti Coast Aquatics is hosting the inuagural in Togs at Waikanae Pool on Sunday 26 March from 2pm to 5.30pm.
The first hour and half, from 2pm to 3.30pm, is for smaller dogs and large dogs are welcomed from 3.45pm to 5.30pm.
Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says the swim will be monitored by lifeguards and animal management officers will be on hand to help too.
“Waikanae Pool will have closed to humans for the season so it’s the perfect opportunity to invite Kāpiti pooches for a paddle before the pool is drained and cleaned,” she says.
“While it’s a good way to end the summer season at the pool, we are reminding owners to act responsibly, bring their leads and poo bags to clean up after dogs and ensure their dogs are under their direct control at all times.”
Only Council-registered dogs are able to attend, bookings are essential as spaces are limited and entry is a gold coin donation with proceeds going to the SPCA.