Toxic Algae still in Hutt River

The dark "shadow" is the toxic algae mats on the river bed. NOTE: This image is from previous years.

The Hutt River still has Toxic Algae growing which can be deadly to dogs, and dangerous to humans.

It is best to stay out of the water and keep your pets away from the riverside to ensure safety.

If you are heading to the water this weekend, here’s what my human informants say you need to know!

Advice from the Greater Wellington Regional Council below:

Stay away from:
• The Hutt River at Silverstream – there are very high levels of toxic algae in this area and we advise you and your humans keep clear of the stretch between Pomare Bridge and Moonshine Park.

Be careful around:

• The stretch of the Hutt River from Moonshine Park to Birchville – Toxic algae levels are on the increase!
• Porirua Harbour at Wi Neera Drive boat ramp – There are high levels of bacteria and we advise against swimming there at the moment.
• Waterways on the Kapiti Coast – Water quality has been a bit variable, so stick to the beaches and steer clear of river and stream mouths.

It’s all good at:
• The Pakuratahi River in Kaitoke Park!

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