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New monitoring toxic algae

Are you interested in monitoring algal blooms in your dams, waterways or stock water supply?

Identifying potentially toxic blue-green algae can be difficult, as they are often confused with other prolifically growing macrophytes (water plants). But a new Algal Resource Kit and phone app make it possible for individuals to identify potentially toxic algal blooms that may occur in local creeks, rivers, farm dams and other water bodies, without the need for expensive laboratory tests.

The kit, developed by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) through the Environmental Trust and in collaboration with government, aims to fill the gap between professional water quality personnel and the community by providing a rapid self-assessment tool.

The phone app called AlageScumID (reached by going to app store on your phone) provides step-by-step instructions to help you distinguish between toxic algae and other water plants commonly found in our waterways.

Watershed Landcare have invited Associate Professor Simon Mitrovic from UTS to run a workshop about algal blooms and to provide training in sampling, detection, and confirmation of blooms using the Algal Resource Kit.

Whether you’re a landholder wanting to keep an eye on livestock water supplies or a professional involved in the monitoring of waterways, we invite you to come along.

Professor Mitrovic’s presentation will provide an introduction to algae – the good and the bad, causes of algal blooms, remediation activities and where to go for further information and help. There will also be a practical component to the workshop where participants will get hands-on experience in using the Algal Resource Kit and phone app.

The ‘Scum School’ Algae workshop will be held from 10am-1pm on Thursday 31 May at the Lecture Room, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC). The workshop is free to attend with lunch provided.

All welcome but RSVP is essential for catering purposes. For more information or to book your spot please contact Agness Knapik, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0435 055 493 or info@watershedlandcare.com.au.

This event is supported by Watershed Landcare and is a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

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‘Scum School’ Algae Workshop

Are you interested in monitoring algal blooms in your dams, waterways or drinking water supply?

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) through the Environmental Trust and in collaboration with government have developed a communication and education tool for community detection of algal blooms utilising a test kit and phone app.

The purpose of the Algal Resource Kit is to fill the gap between professional water quality personnel and the community by providing a rapid self-assessment of a water body for any potentially toxic algal blooms. The kits can be used by anybody from an individual looking to keep an eye on personal stock water supplies; to a community group or organisation, government staff, businesses etc. looking to maintain and monitor NSW waterways as a whole.

The phone app called AlageScumID (reached by going to app store on your phone) allows you go to through step-by-step in identifying potentially toxic blooming algae and other prolific growths such as water plants (macrophytes) that are commonly mistaken as blue-green algae that may occur in local creeks, rivers, farm dams and other water bodies.

Watershed Landcare have invited A/Prof. Simon Mitrovic from UTS to run a workshop about algal blooms and to provide training in sampling, detection, and confirmation of blooms using the Algal Resource Kit.

The “scum school” will cover:

  • Intro to algae – the good and the bad
  • Using the Algal Resource Kit
  • Using the Phone app
  • Where to go for further information and help
  • Causes of algal blooms
  • Remediation activities

The workshop will be held from 10am-1pm on Thursday 31 May at the Lecture Room, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC). Attendance is free with lunch provided but please RSVP for catering purposes, contact Watershed Landcare Coordinator, Agness Knapik, on 0435 055 439, email: info@watershedlandcare.com.au or click on ‘Book event’ at the top of the page.