Alert removal at Dynon Street


13/04/2015
Dynon Street

Please be advised that the algal and bacterium bloom alert for 420 Dynon St, West Melbourne has now been removed.

The bloom and the white foam/oily film is no longer present due to recent rain and stormwater dispersing it.

The Victorian community has a vital role in protecting the environment. EPA relies on the community to report incidents of pollution, environmental hazard or other activities potentially harmful to the environment. If you see, hear or smell pollution please report it to the EPA Pollution Hotline 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or online.

More information about reporting pollution can be found on EPA’s website.

About Algal Blooms

Marine algae occur naturally and are present year-round in all marine waters, including Port Phillip Bay. Under the right conditions, marine algae can rapidly increase to create an algal bloom. Algal blooms can develop in the days or weeks after heavy rain, particularly during periods of warm, sunny and calm weather. Blooms can vary in colour from red, pink, white, green or brown, and may even appear as a darker or paler patch of water compared to the surroundings.

They generally dissipate within a few days to one to two weeks. While marine algal blooms in Victoria are rarely harmful to swimmers or other recreational users, some people experience skin irritation after contact. People are advised to avoid contact if the water looks murky or discoloured.

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