Algae level monitoring stepped up

ALGAE level monitoring in the Gippsland Lakes has been increased to once a week, to ensure more comprehensive reporting in the warmer weather.

Summer's warmer conditions increase the potential for algal blooms, so the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will increase monitoring.

DELWP Gippsland regional coordinator for algae management Chris Barry said algae were a naturally occurring organism present in all waterways.

"The Gippsland Lakes contain many different types of algae at varying levels as part of the natural environment and balance of the lakes system," he said.

"Levels of algae are monitored regularly throughout the year, but more frequently in summer months," Mr Barry said.

"This monitoring provides us with current information on the algal trends in the lakes, which will help us to predict any potential blooms and be prepared to respond to them.

"Weather conditions, nutrient levels, salinity and freshwater inflows all affect the type and levels of algae and can contribute to the formation of algal blooms."

Monitoring will continue throughout summer and communities will be kept up to date with information about algae levels through local media, visitor information centres and circulated to tourism operators.

The results will also be publicly available on the DELWP website via www.depi.vic.gov.au and posted on the DELWP Gippsland Facebook page.

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