BLUE-green algae levels have dropped at Lake Bullen Merri and recreational boaters, fishermen and swimmers have been encouraged back to the water.
Warning signs were removed yesterday and Corangamite Shire mayor Chris O’Connor said while the algae was still present, testing had shown levels were well below the trigger point for health warnings.
“The outcome of these results is good for the community given the warmer weather summer brings,” he said.
Cr O’Connor said the council’s environment team would continue to take regular samples for testing.
He said spikes in levels were difficult to predict, but he was hopeful the lake would remain usable for an extended period of time over the remainder of summer.
“We never like discouraging people from using the lake because it is really important to the local economy and provides wonderful recreational opportunities for residents,” he said.
High concentrations of a toxic blue-green algae species Anabaena were yesterday detected in Lake Cobden.
Cr O’Connor said warning signs had been put in place warning people to avoid the lake and regular tests would be carried out over the next few weeks.