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Waterways Ireland Issues Warning Over Blue-Green Algal Blooms

13th August 2022
Blue-green algae turned the waters of Lough Leane turned a soupy pea-green colour in July 2018
Blue-green algae turned the waters of Lough Leane turned a soupy pea-green colour in July 2018 Credit: Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland/Facebook

Waterways Ireland says it’s been notified of the presence of blue-green algae in a number of locations on the inland waterways.

Blue-green algae are toxic to humans and potentially lethal to animals.

The cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways asks boaters to comply with the notices placed by local authorities and avoid contact or immersive activities in areas where blue-green algae are present.

Waterways Ireland jetties and slipways remain open, but the agency advises boaters and other users to stay out of the water.

It also asks for the public to report any encounters with blue-green algal blooms to the relevant local authority.

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