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Title: The Management of blue-green algal blooms in South-East Australia : a report on the visit to Australia by MJ Pearson and AJD Ferguson in January/February 1993
Author: National Rivers Authority Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
Abstract:
In late Summer 1989, the deaths of sheep and dogs at Rutland Water in Leicestershire and the hospitalisation of two soldiers at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire were both associated with toxic blooms of blue green algae. Further investigation showed that blue green algal blooms were widespread throughout England and Wales and many water based recreational activities were closed. There was little information available, the public were concerned and the media was giving the incidents wide coverage. This situation presented the NRA with a major management problem within days of the organisation’s formation.The NRA was aware of the problems which had occurred in Australia in 1991 92 and that many parallels existed between these events and those in the UK in 1989. The NRA also had details of the actions taken by the regulatory Authorities in Australia to manage the problem in the short and long-term. These included the setting up of State Algal Task Forces, the production of publicity material, the preparation of reports on algal toxins and the setting up of major research and development programmes. The NRA was also aware that there were some fundamental differences in the management actions. This report summarises the information gained during the visit to Australia in January 1993. The report also examines the similarities and differences between the management actions taken by the NRA and Australian authorities.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1993
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: International cooperationAlgal bloomsWater qualityEutrophication
Geographic Keywords: Australia
Taxonomic Keywords: Cyanobacteria
Extent: 60; + appendices
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:4268
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