Friday 10 March 2023Media release2 minutes to read
Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued for the Rakahuri/ Ashley River at the SH1 Bridge.
Recent cyanobacteria surveys of the Rakahuri/ Ashley River has shown the cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the river has reduced and is now below levels that are of concern to public health.
Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, National Public Health Service, says Environment Canterbury’s monitoring of Rakahuri/ Ashley River will continue to the end of this summer and then will resume next summer when there is increased likelihood of cyanobacteria growth.
Facts about cyanobacteria:
For further details visit: www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/
For more information about Mahinga Kai: www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf
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Page last updated: 10 March 2023
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