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Lake Buffalo contamination

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Today, I joined the King River District Fishing Club fishing day at Lake Buffalo.

As I walked the bank adjacent to the peninsula controlled by the Myrtleford Angling Club, there were a coulple of pieces of paper stuck in the muddy bank of the receding lake level.

I picked them up to dispose of them and found them to be the front and back labels of a 20/200 ltre drum of Nipro Throw Down systemic Fungicide ( a group Y fungicide).

Under the heading Protection of wildlife, fish, crustaceans and environment, the label read:

DO NOT spray Throwdown over waterways or over native plant growth.
DO NOT contaminate streams rivers or waterways with the chemical or used containers.

As this fungicide is usually targeted at Downy Mildew, it would appear that the labels might have been washed downstream from the headwaters of the Buffalo catchment. However, I question if there are any vineyards or other crops up in those hills.

Alternatively. as Goulburn Murray Water are the management body, could it be that they, or their agents, have been illegally using this chemical around the shoreline of Lake Buffalo?

Written by Greg Naylor

17 March 2008 at 12:34 am

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  1. that’s a disturbing find Greg, who do you notify about that? The EPA would be my guess.


    17 March 2008 at 6:18 pm

  2. I may pass it on to them, but I would not expect to hear another word about it from them. It would be more effective if the district newspapers got on to it so that the general public get to hear about it.

    It has only happened recently as the labels that I have here are not faded or waterlogged. The irony of it is that there appears to be a black mold on the back of one … but then again, it mat be only dirt stuck to the adhesive.

    Greg Naylor

    17 March 2008 at 10:49 pm

  3. I realise the EPA isn’t as vigilant as it might be Greg, there have been numerous problems with them in the past, but I still think it’s worth bringing to their attention.
    You may well hear nothing more from them but at least you have reported the matter and (hopefully) they will investigate the matter.
    At the very least there will be a record of possible contaminants and a likely source.


    17 March 2008 at 11:24 pm

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