The Environment Agency has reported potential algal bloom in the River Stort between Lower Sheering and Roydon Park.
A natural phenomenon
Algae blooms are a natural phenomenon. Under certain weather conditions it can bloom in large volumes, cutting off the oxygen supply in rivers and lakes.
If the outbreak is serious, it can lead to the death of fish and other organisms. Algal blooms can also be toxic to wild animals, people and pets.
Environment Agency Officers will continue to monitor the situation and deploy additional resources if necessary. Members of the public are advised to stay away from any water courses showing signs of a bloom – typically cloudy or less clear green water and dead fish.
It can also look blue-green or greenish-brown. Scums can form during calm weather when several bloom forming species rise to the surface. This can look like paint, mousse or small clumps.
Environment Agency guidance
Anyone seeing signs of the algae on the River Stort should report occurrences to the Environment Agency Incident Communications Service:
- Call 0800 80 70 60 quoting reference 01801279
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