TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have removed a public health advisory for harmful algal blooms along the Ohio River.
Kentucky's Division of Water and Department for Public Health...
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Great Ohio River Swim has been canceled due to the harmful algal bloom that could endanger swimmers' health.
Organizers canceled the event Tuesday after it was...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Division of Water and Department for Public Health are issuing a public health advisory for harmful algal bloom along the Ohio River.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A harmful algae bloom is closing the North Beach at Mantua Reservoir in northern Utah.
The Herald Journal reports the reservoir east of Brigham City has been under a...
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The ocean off part of the Los Angeles County coast has had a reddish tint this month.
The so-called red tide was first spotted last week off the Manhattan...
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire has been awarded $108 million grant from NASA to use a space-based instrument to identify hazards like oil spills and algal blooms in the Gulf...
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Officials have temporarily closed a beach in northern Utah due to dangerous levels of toxic algal blooms in the water.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health and environment officials are recommending alternative ways for municipal water operators to treat toxic blue-green algal blooms that have troubled state lakes...
GREENWOOD LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — There's some partially good news at a lake along the New York and New Jersey border that's been affected by a harmful algal bloom.
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Swimming has been banned at another New Jersey lake due to the presence of an extensive harmful algal bloom.
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 14
The bad news about this year's Lake Erie algal toxins is that the harmful...
LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental officials say people shouldn't swim in New Jersey's largest lake or even touch the water because aerial surveillance confirms the presence of...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A toxic algal bloom on Utah Lake has made its first appearance of 2019.
The Daily Herald in Provo reported Wednesday that routine state monitoring showed toxin levels...
GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) — Scientists are collaborating on a high-tech early warning system to detect harmful algal blooms in the Finger Lakes.
The U.S. Geological Survey and New York state are...
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...
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's bitterly cold weather this week may have driven many residents to stay cooped up indoors, but environmental experts say the frigid temperatures are good for the state's many lakes.
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — New York environmental officials say they will stop issuing harmful algal bloom notifications for the winter, though they warn that they can still occur in colder weather.
Water contaminated by the blooms can make people sick. The algae, which is actually a type of bacteria, feeds on nitrogen and phosphorus washed in from farms, yards and leaking septic systems.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A national research effort aimed at protecting freshwater lakes from toxic algal blooms will be led by a new center in Ohio.
Bowling Green State University announced in a release Monday that it's been awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Science Foundation to establish the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.
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.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say recent warm weather has fueled the expansion of toxic algal blooms in New York waterways, bringing the number to 90 this week.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has added 21 new water bodies to the list of harmful algal blooms that have been confirmed or are suspected. Some affect small, localized areas and others are widespread.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It appears that a noxious red tide algal bloom has reached one of Florida's main metropolitan areas.
The Tampa Bay Times reported Sunday that hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been found on and near roughly 20 miles of beaches located in Pinellas County on the Gulf Coast. Pinellas County is in the Tampa Bay area.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Toxic algal blooms have been reported in more than 80 lakes and ponds across New York state.
The Department of Environmental Conservation lists 81 water bodies where harmful algal blooms have been confirmed or are suspected. Some affect small, localized areas and others are widespread.
GILBERT, Ark. (AP) — About two dozen volunteers have recently completed an algal survey on a stretch of Arkansas waterway just weeks after federal officials issued warnings about it.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Health officials are warning people not to swim on any part of Utah Lake as a toxic algal bloom spreads across the water for the third straight year.
The Utah County Health Department said in a statement Wednesday that several areas of the lake contain high levels of toxin-producing cyanobacteria.
They say people and pets should stay out of the water. Any fish caught at the lake should be cleaned well.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials in North Carolina are warning residents to avoid contact with green or blue water in the Chowan River because of an algal bloom.
The N.C. Division of Water Resources said in a news release that the affected areas include Bertie and Chowan counties. Reports indicate the bloom has appeared along the eastern and western shorelines of the river from Harrellsville downstream to the Edenton Bay area, as well as the Colerain and Rockyhock areas.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials detected high levels of cyanobacteria in Boysen Reservoir on the Wind River, prompting an alert for recreationists.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau residents are seeing red in the waters of Gastineau Channel.
A biological mass that may be an algal bloom is raising concern in the seawater off Alaska's capital city, the Juneau Empire reported .
MOREAU, N.Y. (AP) — The beach at a state park in upstate New York has been closed because of a toxic algal bloom.
The state parks office says the swimming beach at Moreau (mor-OH') Lake State Park in northern Saratoga County is off limits until the bloom subsides.
The algal bloom was found Tuesday by park workers who immediately closed the beach. Water tests sent to the state Department of Health came back positive for a harmful algal bloom. Park workers are continuing to monitor the water.
GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Officials have urged people not to drink tap water in a southern Iowa community because they suspect an algae toxin has tainted the supply.
Greenfield Municipal Utilities announced on its Facebook page that microcystin was potentially detected in the drinking water and that a water sample had been sent to a lab Tuesday for testing.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Legislature is on summer break after a flurry of activity that included passage of dozens of bills, many sent to the governor, and a few key proposals left in limbo.
The pace of the action was accelerated because a stalemate over who would succeed Republican Cliff Rosenberger as speaker in the House prevented it from passing any bills for weeks.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For a third straight year, Utah officials are warning residents that a toxic algae bloom has made parts of Utah Lake near Provo unsafe for recreation.
State and county agencies said Tuesday that recent tests on water samples showed high levels of toxin-producing cyanobacteria in the waters of Provo Bay. Other parts of the lake are not affected by the algal bloom and considered safe for recreation.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have extended for two more weeks a limited no-drink advisory for tap water in Oregon's capital city.
Salem has been dealing with a toxic algae bloom in an area reservoir since May 29, reissuing a warning on June 2 that will now extend through most of the month.
They're cautioning children, the elderly and those with health issues to avoid drinking tap water until tests come back clear.
HUMBOLDT, Neb. (AP) — State health and environment officials have issued a health alert for toxic blue-green algae at Kirkman's Cove near Humboldt in the southeastern corner of Nebraska.
Officials say in a news release Friday that the alerts were issued following tests of the lake water.
Skin exposed to the toxin from certain strains of blue-green algae can develop rashes and blisters. Someone who drinks water containing the toxin is at risk for headaches, nausea and muscular pain.
OREM, Utah (AP) — An ambitious proposal to build an island city on Utah Lake to help stymie toxic algae blooms that plague the water got a boost from Utah lawmakers this year, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
Developer Lake Restorations Inc. has proposed funding multiple conservation and restoration efforts on the lake through islands in the lake that people could live on, the Daily Herald reported Wednesday.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A solar panel-powered fountain has been installed in Campus Lake at Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus.
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Researchers in Maine say a lake's recent algal blooms are prompting concerns over the health of the body of water.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday kicked off the first in a series of four summits addressing upstate lakes and other waterways threatened by harmful algal blooms, which can affect water quality and diminish recreational opportunities and tourism.
"Harmful algal blooms are poison," the Democrat said at an event in New Paltz, 65 miles (104 kilometers) south of Albany. "These are poisons and toxins and they're growing at a frightening rate."
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Michael Dietze, Boston University
Lake Erie algal bloom of 2017 severe; third largest ever
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie this past summer ranked as the third-largest on record, but was less toxic...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is advising beachgoers that three more Utah reservoirs have outbreaks of harmful algal blooms.
The Deseret News reports that warnings went up at Rockport, Echo and Deer Creek reservoirs on Tuesday, joining six other Utah water bodies that are suffering from the blue-green algae.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is among seven states where the federal government is funding a research project to try to better understand harmful algal blooms.
Harmful algal blooms can contaminate drinking water and have negative effects on the environment, wildlife and tourism. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is providing nearly $1.7 million for research projects about the blooms in Alaska, California, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Virginia.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Several state legislators visited Utah Lake near Provo this week to get a tour and find out why state money should be used to help clean up a body of water that has been plagued by potentially toxic algal blooms.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say a health alert remains in effect for a fourth straight week at Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County.
The latest alert notice comes after testing this week detected toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Water samples show an area of Utah Lake is contaminated with E.coli, adding to the lake's ongoing health concerns stemming from a harmful algal bloom.
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality said on Tuesday that elevated levels of E.coli were found in the Lindon Drain area and Sandy Beach. Representatives from the Utah County Health Department posted "caution" signs in the areas.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State parks officials say a health alert remains in effect for Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County after testing detected toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A health alert has ended at Pawnee Lake just west of Lincoln, but continues at other lakes.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that it's allowing the alert at Pawnee Lake to expire, two weeks after issuing the alert when testing detected toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms.
The department says health alerts continue at Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County, Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County and Swan Creek Lake 5A in Saline County.
SPRAGUE, Neb. (AP) — State officials have issued health alerts for lakes in southeastern and northeastern Nebraska because of toxic algae blooms.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that testing of Bluestem Lake west of Sprague and Willow Creek Lake near Pierce detected toxin produced by blue-green algal blooms.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials have issued a health alert for Pawnee Lake just west of Lincoln.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that testing of the lake earlier this week detected toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms.