Rivers Great Ouse and Stour
ADVICE (Monday 22 June 2020 until further notice)
Please note that we have been made aware of the existence of toxic blue green algae on certain parts of the navigation. These are more likely to be on back waters, within marinas and where there is slower flowing shallower water. The bright blue / green presence of this algae can be quite distinctive and should be avoided by people and especially swimmers and pets.
We therefore strongly advise against swimming in the river for this and other pathogens that may be present and also
refraining from allowing dogs to go into the water at present. As usual good hygiene practices should be followed after any
contact with river water or river banks including thorough hand washing before eating or as soon as possible after visiting the river.
Should anyone feel unwell after being in contact with river water people should seek urgent medical advice and assistance and let your health professional caring for you know that you have been in recent contact with river water and that toxic blue green algae could have been present. This will enable them to more rapidly test and better treat you and avoid any delays in administering any courses of medication.
For further information, please contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and
5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team.