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Toxic algae in Hawkesbury

Totaro, P. and Stapleton, J. (1993) Toxic algae in Hawkesbury. Sydney Morning Herald, 5 August 1993. [Publication] [Special Collections]


A toxic algal blooms have been found for the first time in the lower Hawkesbury River, placing water-skiers and swimmers at risk. A warning has been issued that extreme care should be taken when using this water for any purpose, especially from the region between Windsor and Lower Portland, This alert has come from a scientific report prepared by the Australian Water Technologies, a subsidiary of the Sydney Water Board. No public warnings, signs or bulletins have been issued by the Department of Health, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Water Board or local councils. Dr David Hughes, a general practitioner and spokesman for the Coalition of Hawkesbury and Nepean Groups for the Environment (Change) said that if a similar health risk occurred on any of Sydney's beaches, they would be closed. Hawkesbury Shire Council's Alderman Hugh Williams who is also deputy chairman said this is the first report that contains a warning for extreme care. Dr Hughes said the area affected by neurotoxins was the same part of the water way a skier picked up two organisms which led to his leg to be amputated.

This article contains an image of David Perrotto water-skiing on the Hawkesbury River.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1993 Sydney Morning Herald
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58422
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