12 Sep 2016

Lake snow, 'the new didymo'

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 12 September 2016

The growing threat of Lake snow, the didymo like algal slime invading NZ's most iconic lakes.

Dr Don Robertson is the Chair of the Guardians of Lake Wanaka & a member of the Guardians of Lake Hawea. Marc Schallenberg is a University of Otago lake researcher & Dean Olsen is from Otago regional council and manages the team in charge of monitoring the lakes.

Dean Olsen, acknowledges the council has been slow off the mark, but says lake snow has the council's attention now. Today the council has begun a detailed two-year monitoring programme of the three lakes, to track the algae's spread.