There is currently an amber alert for toxic algae warning in place for the Hutt River at Birchville and at Poets Park due to toxic algae and detached mats being observed at this site.
We recommend you avoid swimming and keep dogs on leads and away from the river at all times as toxic algae represents a very real risk to human and animal health.
If you have been in contact with toxic algae and are feeling unwell see your doctor or ring Healthline 0800 611 116. If you think your dog has swallowed toxic algae, take it to the nearest vet immediately.
To remind yourself what toxic algae looks like see https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/potentially-toxic-algae/ or https://www.gw.govt.nz/environment/freshwater/swimming-water-quality/toxic-algae/