OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Lake Okeechobee is Florida's "Liquid Heart," and people who depend on it for irrigation, drinking water, recreation and their livelihoods are often in conflict on how to...
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Experts say heavy rains this spring make it more likely western Lake Erie will see another significant algae bloom later this year.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae —...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's seaweed business has grown like a weed in recent years, with proponents touting it as both a "superfood" and an economic generator for the rural state — but the...
LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — A local environmental agency plans to dredge a Geneva Lake lagoon this fall to eradicate an invasive underwater plant threatening the lake.
HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor has created a new task force to help clean up the state's lakes and rivers.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the formation of the Blue-green Algae Task...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State officials say increased temperatures in a scenic Montana river have likely contributed to the growth of algae blooms considered a nuisance to recreation.
Ohio governor wants nearly $1B for Lake Erie, waterways
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine wants to spend nearly $1 billion on water quality projects to clean up toxic algae in Lake Erie and protect other lakes and rivers throughout the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some chimpanzee groups are stone-throwers. Some use rocks to crack open tree nuts to eat. Others use sticks to fish for algae.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An unusual ballot measure approved by voters in Ohio's fourth-largest city to give legal rights to Lake Erie is being challenged by farmers in a federal lawsuit that was filed...
Experts: Red tide was among 5 worst in Florida’s history
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Experts say the red tide that plagued Florida's coastline for 15 months is one of the five worst toxic algae events in the state's recorded history.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine promises funding to fight lake algae
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said this week that he plans to increase state funding in his upcoming budget proposal to fight algae growth in Lake Erie.
Toxic red tide appears to have faded from Florida’s waters
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida's coastal waters appear free from a devastating red tide bloom that began in October 2017.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report released...
Program to help farmers reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is collaborating with local agriculture and conservation partners to help farmers reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie.
The state says the Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery (STRAND) program will help farmers near the western Lake Erie basin make informed decisions about nutrient applications to cropland based on soil testing.
Lawsuit seeks action on Lake Erie algae cleanup
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit pushing for more action to prevent the toxic algae blooms that plague Lake Erie's western basin each summer.
The lawsuit says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn't moving fast enough and must hold Ohio accountable for reducing the polluting runoff that feeds the algae.
The Environmental Law & Policy Center's lawsuit filed late Thursday in Toledo claims Ohio's efforts to prevent blooms have had little impact.
Report says Florida’s coasts, waterways are at crossroads
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new report says Florida's coasts and waterways are at a crossroads following a year when both were traumatized by red tide and blue-green algae.
The report released Wednesday by the Ocean Conservancy provides a synopsis of Florida's water problems and a summary of solutions.
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs order to fight algae, red tide
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis began following up on a campaign promise to make the environment a priority by signing an order Thursday seeking to tackle Florida's problems with blue-green algae in its rivers and red tide off its coast.
DeSantis signed the order in Bonita Springs in southwest Florida, one of the areas where slimy algae have coated waterways because of pollutants flowing downstream from Lake Okeechobee.
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Report: 16 dolphin deaths linked to red tide off Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal scientists have linked over a dozen dolphin deaths off Florida to a toxic algae bloom that has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico for over a year.
Erin Fougeres says researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been "fairly overwhelmed" by the number of necropsies needed.
Red tide is giving most of Florida a break, for now
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After months of widespread red tide infestation along Florida's coast, the noxious algae bloom is giving much of the state a break.
Florida wildlife officials say there were no fish kills from red tide last week.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also says there were no signs of red tide on Florida's Atlantic coast, nor in the Big Bend and Panhandle regions.
Dumped pets create big problems for Knoxville lake
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers in Knoxville have removed three truckloads of invasive weeds from a local lake, including aquarium grasses that officials believe were dumped there by residents.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the city has spent nearly $760,000 cleaning up the one-acre lake in Fountain City Park.
Turtles do well in southwest Florida despite red tide algae
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Despite red tide algae's effect on southwest Florida beaches, sea turtles set records during the 2018 nesting season.
While the total number of nests in Collier County was marginally lower — 1,635 in 2017 compared to 1,595 in 2018 — the number of hatched nests was nearly double: 743 in 2017 compared to 1,399 in 2018.
Correction: Dolphin Deaths story
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — In a story Nov. 27 story about a red tide being suspected in dolphin deaths, The Associated Press erroneously cited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as saying red tide happens when algae colonies grow out of control due to pollution from farming and other human activities. NOAA says environmental conditions such as light, temperature, nutrients and ocean currents are factors that can lead to the uncontrolled algae growth.
Studies find increased pollution in Buffalo River
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Geological Survey findings show increased pollution in the groundwater in the Buffalo River watershed.
Mexico says 48 manatee deaths due to heat, algae blooms
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities say a combination of hot weather, drought and toxic algae blooms contributed to the deaths of 48 manatees in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco this summer.
Activists had expressed concern that leaks from oil wells or pesticides could have played a role.
The Environment Department said Friday that heavy metals were found in the manatee autopsies and their habitat, but they were below levels considered dangerous.
Board again sidelines Kasich’s order on Lake Erie algae
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A state panel again Thursday delayed implementation of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plan to create new regulations on thousands of farms in a bid to reduce fertilizer and manure feeding Lake Erie's sometimes toxic algae blooms.
The decision by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission came amid concerns over how the regulations would be put in place and amid pushback from the agriculture industry.
Lake Erie’s algae bloom much less severe this year
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal researchers say the harmful algae on Lake Erie this year was relatively mild compared with past years.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the algae outbreak also fell short of what scientists expected.
An algae bloom began forming in June in western Lake Erie a few weeks earlier than usual. But dry conditions settled across the region during the summer.
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Hundreds of fish die along Florida’s Space Coast beaches
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of fish have washed ashore along Florida's Space Coast beaches, a week after the first signs of a toxic algae outbreak were reported.
The dead fish, mostly mullet, were found this week from Melbourne Beach to Satellite Beach on the state's east coast.
Ex-head of agriculture believes he was fired over algae plan
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's former agriculture director says he believes he was dismissed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) because he had reservations about the governor's approach to tackling toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.
Trump signs water projects bill; 1 aimed at Fla. toxic algae
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging bill to improve the nation's water infrastructure, including a Florida project intended to reduce toxic algae blooms that have devastated coastal marine life and emptied beaches.
Red tide reaches Florida’s Space Coast
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County.
The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east coast.
Correction: Red Tide-Human Exposure story
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — In a story Oct. 13 about Florida's red tide, The Associated Press reported erroneously that researchers from Florida Atlantic University are studying human exposure to red tide. The researchers are studying human exposure to blue-green algae.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Scientists to study algae impact on humans
Scientists are studying whether blue-green algae exposure impacts human health
Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida’s red tide
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael failed to break up a patchy and toxic algae bloom that has lingered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's shoreline for the last year, experts said Monday, meaning the red tide outbreak could continue to cause problems in the weeks ahead.
Solution to Maine lake’s algae blooms shows promise
SMITHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Officials involved in the cleanup of a Maine lake say they might have found a long-term solution to algae blooms that have caused the body of water to look like pea soup.
Health officials warn of toxic algae blooms at 2 ponds
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island public health and environmental officials are warning the public to avoid two more bodies of water because of toxic algae blooms.
The state departments of Health and Environmental Management say Watson Reservoir in Little Compton and Gardiner Pond in Middletown should be avoided because of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, blooms that can harm humans and animals.
Researchers turn Minnesota lake into large laboratory
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Researchers have turned a Minnesota lake into a giant laboratory to study invasive plants.
The Koronis Lake Association has spent $500,000 on a pilot project at Lake Koronis to address starry stonewort, KSTP-TV reported.
Toledo says tests show season’s algae bloom is over
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo officials say three consecutive weeks of tests found no toxic microcystin in raw water drawn from the city's Lake Erie intake crib and that this year's algae bloom is over.
University of Michigan researchers get algae biofuel grant
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan researchers will use a $2 million Energy department grant toward finding ways to use algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines.
The Ann Arbor school says they will work with Penn State University researchers to evaluate how best to grow algae, transform it into a diesel fuel and maximize its performance during the combustion process.
Vermont awards grants to phosphorus extracting proposals
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Six groups are sharing $250,000 in funding for projects to extract phosphorus from the waste stream or soils as Vermont tries to reduce the polluted runoff that causes toxic algae blooms in Lake Champlain.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott and administration officials announced the winners of Vermont's Phosphorus Innovation Challenge Friday.
Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking action on Lake Erie algae
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take stronger action on Lake Erie's ongoing toxic algae problem.
U.S. District Judge James Carr dismissed the lawsuit earlier this week, saying it would be too early to decide the issue because Ohio designated the lake's western basin as impaired in March.
Red tide is plaguing beaches on both of Florida’s coasts
MIAMI (AP) — Many of Florida's famous beaches were empty Thursday because of a red tide outbreak that for the first time in decades is plaguing both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts at once.
While the Gulf Coast has suffered the brunt of the toxic algae outbreak all summer, it only just showed up this week on the Atlantic beaches of South Florida.
Alabama city’s water affected by seasonal algae bloom
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city's utility company says a seasonal algae bloom in a nearby lake is causing its water to have an earthy taste and smell.
Algae toxin keeps northeastern Nebraska lake on health alert
PIERCE, Neb. (AP) — State environment officials say Willow Creek Reservoir in northeastern Nebraska remains on health alert because of high levels of a toxin produced by blue-green algae.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the state's Department of Environmental Quality tested the water last week, which showed high toxin levels.
Officials warn waterfowl hunters of toxic algae blooms
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is warning waterfowl hunters who use retrieving dogs about potentially harmful algae blooms.
New fishing rules on snook and redfish due to red tide
HAVANA, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials have decided to change fishing rules for snook and redfish through 2019 due to widespread toxic red tide algae in the Gulf of Mexico.
During its meeting Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission expanded a catch-and-release order for snook and redfish to include all of Pinellas and Pasco counties, and Tampa Bay. Other parts of the Gulf Coast were already under restricted fishing orders.
Toxic algae found in Colorado reservoir
GUNNISON, Colo. (AP) — The National Park Service says unsafe levels of a type of algae that can be harmful to humans have been found in the water of a central Colorado reservoir.
Park officials said they detected the presence of toxins that can be produced by algae blooms in water samples taken from Blue Mesa Reservoir.
The agency advised visitors to avoid contact with shallow waters in an area known as the Iola Basin and to avoid mats of algae throughout the reservoir.
Grant County says to avoid Moses Lake water areas
MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County Health District is warning people to avoid contact with the water in Moses Lake.
The agency tested for the spread of blue-green algae in Moses Lake earlier this week.
It says all the samples came back with toxin levels higher than the Washington state recreational guidelines.
Research center gets $6.9M grant to study red tide
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A nonprofit research center in Massachusetts has received a $6.9 million grant to study the toxic algae bloom known as red tide.
The Cape Cod Times reports the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences recently awarded the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Centers for Oceans and Human Health the five-year grant.