Rotokare Lake closed but Reserve Remains Open December 2018

Rotokare Lake closed but Reserve Remains Open December 2018

Friday, December 07, 2018

Due to high levels of blue-green algal bloom (Planktonic cyanobacteria), the lake at Rotokare Reserve is closed to all users until further notice. The grounds at Lake Rotokare Reserve remain open for visitors.

South Taranaki District Council environmental health officer, Mark Superfine says planktonic cyanobacteria is a naturally occurring algae which is a common occurrence at this time of the year.

“The cyanobacteria algae is capable of producing toxins, most commonly causing skin and eye irritation. However some of the toxins could potentially cause sore throats, asthma, paralysis and vomiting or diarrhoea,” he says.

“Any visitors to the reserve showing these symptoms should consult their doctor immediately or contact the Taranaki District Health Board Public Health Unit on 06 753 7798 for further information,” says Mr Superfine.

“Visitors to the lake should not collect or eat fish and plant life or come into contact with the water,” he says.

Mr Superfine says there are a number of alternative locations for those who want to go water skiing or the like, such as Lake Rotorangi at Glenn Nui, Tangahoe or the Patea Dam Camp site off Ball Road.