There is currently a red alert toxic algae warning in place for the Waikanae River at Jim Cooke Park and due to high levels of toxic algae and the presence of detached mats being observed. We recommend no swimming and keeping dogs away from this section of the river until further notice.
There is also an Amber alert toxic algae caution in place for the Otaki River at SH1 due to moderate levels of toxic algae being observed. We recommend keeping dogs on leads and out of this section of the river until further notice.
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 go to https://www.gw.govt.nz/environment/freshwater/swimming-water-quality/toxic-algae/