HIGH levels of blue green algae have been detected in Lake Bolac.
An alert by Vic Emergency said the bloom was expected to remain until there was significant rainfall to flush the lake or cooler conditions slowed down the algae. Avoid direct contact with affected water in Lake Bolac.
Don't swim in affected areas or use water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering. Boiling the water does not make it safe.
Pet owners should also prevent their animals from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water. Farmers should not use irrigation water contaminated with blue green algae to spray vegetables and fruit, or come in contact with plants being grown for food during processing and packing.
Boating and fishing is still allowed in these areas, however care needs to be taken. Fish caught from affected areas should be rinsed and cleaned thoroughly in fresh water, and internal organs removed from the fish and discarded before eating. But, do not eat mussels, crayfish or yabbies caught from the affected area.
If you see fish that are dead, dying or swimming erratically do not touch or eat them.
Warning signs have been installed at the lake.
Visitors to the area can still enjoy bushwalking and sightseeing.
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