Science and community pinpoint algal bloom causes 8/6/14

Scientists say wastewater treatment by Broome Shire and the Department of Water is causing toxic algae blooms in Roebuck Bay.

Broome Advertiser 19 June 2014 P 13

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A blue-green algae has been troubling Broome residents for 14 years.

Lyngbya causes bad skin irritations, and can kill small animals.

Scientists say it blooms in Roebuck Bay every wet season, thanks to the nutrients it gets in the runoff from the first rains, groundwater pollution, and the practice of dumping treated sewage water on local parks.

Science Network WA [read this story]

Broome Advertiser republished this story on 19 June 2014 – P13.