Environment Agency issues warning after humid conditions lead to algal bloom on River Great Ouse

08:29 24 July 2014

The algae has started to build up on the River Great Ouse.

The algae has started to build up on the River Great Ouse.

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The Environment Agency is urging caution after the hot and humid conditions caused an algal bloom on the River Great Ouse, in Ely.

A vast stretch of the river – from Ely to Queen Adelaide – has been turned green under a carpet of algae, raising concerns about the health of fish and other wildlife in the area.

Algal blooms are short lived but when they die and start to decay, they use a lot of oxygen from the water, effectively suffocating other animals and plants.

A spokesman for the agency said that anyone who spots the algae should report its location to officials via the customer contact centre.

The spokesman added: β€œIn the meantime it would be wise for people and pets to stay away from it.”

To contact the Environment Agency, call 03708 506506.

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