Basingstoke Canal warning on blue-green algae

Algae update: Hampshire section of the canal now closed to all unpowered boats. The Environment Agency (EA) have now confirmed that the algae is toxic blue-green algae and advised us to close the Hampshire section of the canal (Ash lock to Greywell) to all unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, rowing boats etc) until further notice.

Blue-Green algae 02.05.14We have received unverified reports of “Blue-Green” algae in the canal between Fleet and Dogmersfield.We have taken samples of the blooms which have been sent to the Environment Agency for expert analysis.

In the meantime we advise that extra precautions are taken while visiting and using the canal, as you and your pets could be at risk.

  • Do not allow your dogs to swim or drink water from the canal.
  • If you come into contact with the algal blooms ensure good hygiene before eating and drinking. Symptoms may include skin rashes, vomiting, fever and joint pains.
  • If you feel unwell or are concerned please contact your doctor.
  • Unwell pets should be taken to a vet as soon as possible.
  • Additional information is available on the Environment Agency website, environment-agency.gov.uk