Experts: Minnesota lakes can benefit from subzero weather
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.
NY state says algal blooms rarer, though possible, in winter
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.
New center at university to fight algal blooms
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.
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.
Warm weather fuels toxic algal blooms in 90 NY waterways
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.
Florida’s ongoing red tide outbreak reaches Tampa Bay area
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.
Toxic algal blooms found in more than 80 New York waterways
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.
Volunteers study algae presence along Arkansas waterway
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.
Harmful algae found in Wyoming reservoir
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials detected high levels of cyanobacteria in Boysen Reservoir on the Wind River, prompting an alert for recreationists.
Possible algae bloom turns seawater red off Juneau
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.
Toxic algae bloom detected in Utah Lake near Provo
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.
- Cleveland.comGreat Lakes Commission tracks phosphorus in Lake Erie through ErieStat websiteFebruary 5, 2019
- Cleveland.comIt's now up to Mike DeWine to lead the way in protecting Lake Erie: editorialDecember 26, 2018
- The Daily HeraldGuest opinion: Utah Lake water quality decisions must be based on scienceNovember 15, 2018
- Cleveland.comMessage to the next Ohio governor: Big agriculture does not rule this state, to befoul Lake Erie or otherwise - editorialNovember 4, 2018
- Cleveland.comOhio Soil and Water Conservation Commission must act Thursday: editorialOctober 31, 2018
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.
Judge chastises Ohio, U.S. EPAs in lawsuit over Lake Erie’s algal bloom-covered western basin
Judge chastises Ohio, U.S. EPAs in lawsuit over Lake Erie's algal bloom-covered western basin
Lake Erie’s Western Basin “impaired,” ending years of resistence by Kasich administration
Lake Erie's Western Basin "impaired," ending years of resistence by Kasich administration
Researchers to test lake waters following algal blooms
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Researchers in Maine say a lake's recent algal blooms are prompting concerns over the health of the body of water.
U.S. EPA releases Lake Erie action plan - read it here
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled a 119-page action plan to stop algal blooms that jeopardize Lake Erie's drinking water, fishing and tourism.
Cuomo kicks off effort to combat algal blooms in NY lakes
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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EPA overturns approval of Ohio’s decision to omit its Lake Erie from ‘impaired’ waters list
EPA overturns approval of Ohio's decision to omit its Lake Erie from 'impaired' waters list
Merritt: The facts about Utah Lake’s algal bloom
On Dec. 21, the Daily Herald contained an article on major health concerns of 2017 and listed Utah Lake algae bloom as the no. 1 story — Wow, the misinformation about Utah Lake is running crazy.
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 than recent years, federal forecasters reported Tuesday in their end-of-the-season analysis.
Lake Erie algal bloom as large as predicted, hurting fishing charters, but sparing island tourism
Lake Erie algal bloom as large as predicted, hurting fishing charters, but sparing island tourism
Utah Lake is a beautiful landmark in Utah County, but swimming in it can be scary. The lake has been closed for part of the past two summers after algal blooms were discovered.
Algal bloom warnings posted at 3 more Utah water bodies
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.
NOAA funding algal bloom research in Maine, 6 other states
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.
Lawmakers get close look of Utah Lake’s algal bloom issue
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.
Toxic Algae Blooms: A growing worldwide menace that generate mysterious toxins
Senior projects reporter Tony Bartelme reports that harmful algae blooms are a growing worldwide menace, and a lab in Charleston is in the thick of the search to identify unbelievably dangerous toxins.
Running Amuck: Harmful algae blooms fouling waters across the nation
Colonies of fast-growing algae and bacteria have struck at least 460 lakes, ponds and streams in the United States this year — blooms that killed cattle and dogs and closed beaches from California to New York, a nationwide analysis by The Post and Courier shows.
Lancaster County lake enters 4th week of health alerts
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.
E.coli, lingering algal bloom plague Utah Lake
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.
Toxic algae health alert remains at Nebraska’s Bluestem Lake
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.
Health alert ends at Pawnee lake; continues at others
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.
Toxic algae health alerts issued for Nebraska lakes
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.
TOBIAS, Neb. (AP) — State officials have issued a health alert for Swan Creek Lake in southeast Nebraska's Saline County.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said Friday that testing of the lake earlier this week detected toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms.
Correction: Algal Blooms story
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In a story July 26 about harmful algal blooms, The Associated Press reported erroneously that brochures were being provided at parks where algal blooms occur. The parks receiving the materials don't necessarily have an algal bloom.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Toxic algae can harm dogs, officials warn
State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick
Dangerous algae found in New Hampshire lake
RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is warning people to avoid contact with the water in Lake Monomonac after finding elevated levels of a potentially dangerous algal bloom.
Samples collected from July 17 exceeded the state threshold of 70,000 cells/ milliliter or greater of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae. The cyanobacteria were identified as Anabaena, Aphanocapsa and Woronichinia. The heaviest blooms were near the shorelines.
Algal bloom on Utah Lake continues to grow
PROVO, Utah (AP) — State officials say an algal bloom on Utah Lake has grown to the point where it is now covering a majority of the water west of Provo.
Utah County Health Department executive director Ralph Clegg said Wednesday that officials have chosen to issue a warning for the entire lake, although toxin levels have not yet reached concentrations thought to be fatal.
PYRAMID LAKE, Calif. (AP) — State officials are warning boaters and others to avoid contact with water in Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County due to a bloom of toxic blue-green algae.
The Department of Water Resources issued a warning following a field test Thursday of water from the swimming beach at the lake's Vaquero Day Use Area.
The area has been closed to swimming but remains open for shoreline activities.