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Do not swim: Murray river concerns

There are concerns much of the Murray River will remain off limits due to a blue green algae outbreak when tourists flood the region this Easter. 

High levels of the algae have been detected along about a 200km stretch of the river, taking in towns including Echuca and Yarrawonga. 

Emma Bradbury, Chief Executive Officer of the Murray Darling Association, told Ross and John it’s a natural phenomenon.

‘(It’s caused by) lots of sunlight, which we have an abundance of up here,’ she said.

‘But unfortunately the other factors are low flows through the river and high nutrient levels.

‘All of those circumstances can occur naturally.’

Burnso had no doubt what the nutrients are – ‘It will be superphosphate run-off from abutting farms.

Who needs scientists when you’ve got Burnso?