Tuesday 3 March 2020Media release2 minutes to read
Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued along the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River at Glentunnel. This was issued on 27 December 2019.
Recent cyanobacteria surveys of the Selwyn/Waikirkiri River at Glentunnel have shown the cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the river has decreased and is now below a threshold that was of concern to public health.
Canterbury District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says Environment Canterbury’s sampling of the Selwyn/Waikirkiri River at Glentunnel will continue to the end of this summer and then will resume next summer when there is increased likelihood of cyanobacteria growth.
The warning to remain out of the following waterway due to ongoing algal blooms is still in place:
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