29 Sept 2022

Toxic algal bloom detected on scenic and popular lake in the Midlands

Toxic algal bloom detected on Lough Derg

Pictured above is the algal bloom, which is easily identified and floats on the water

Anyone visiting the scenic waters of Lough Derg during the current spell of good weather has been advised to be on the lookout for dangerous algal bloom.

Tipperary County Council are advising the public to exercise caution at Lough Derg following the discovery of the blue-green algae bloom which can produce harmful toxins.

It is easily recognisable with a bright pea-green paint colour and resembles a scum, on or close to the shoreline and contact with the algal bloom can cause a nasty skin irritation.

All animals, but especially dogs, must be kept away from any affected area. Ensure animals have an alternative source of drinking water.

Contact the Environment & Climate Action Section, of Tipperary County Council at 0818 06 5000, if you have any concerns.

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