Blue Green Algal Bloom at Ayr Creek lagoon
Recent sampling by the Environment Protection Agency Victoria (EPA) has shown that the Ayr Creek lagoon in Inverloch contains a Blue Green Algal bloom at a level where it can affect the natural ecosystem and potentially impact on human health.
Direct contact with blue-green algae can cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes ears and nose or if swallowed gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting.
Pet owners should prevent pets from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water.
Blue-Green Algal blooms are a natural part of most aquatic environments and are found in streams, lakes, estuaries and the sea. This significant bloom has formed despite recent rain and high tides.
Visitors and residents to the area can still enjoy other recreational activities such as beach walking and sightseeing around the lagoon area without concern.
New signage is being erected in the area around the lagoon, with warnings to not swim in the water, or ingest it.
Bass Coast Shire Council together with the EPA and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have been monitoring water conditions in the lagoon over the last two seasons.
Council has notified DELWP and the Regional Coordinator regarding this event.
Contact Council’s Sustainable Environment Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 if you have any concerns.