Photo: The Great Barrier Reef, Northern Queensland, Australia
Rivers deliver sediment from land to the ocean. This sediment contains nutrients which can feed microscopic algae in water. But, if there is too much sediment and nutrients, delivered by floods from land-based erosion, algal blooms can occur that have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef.
The challenge is that sediment comes from many different locations and we need to know … [more…]
Photo: A toxic algae bloom in Oregon’s Detroit Lake caused havoc in May, when toxins made their way into the city of Salem’s drinking water. Oregon has since enacted rules requiring water systems to test for algae toxins. Dirk VanderHart/Oregon Public Broadcasting
The vague warning jolted citizens in and around Salem, Oregon to attention on May 29.
"Civil Emergency in this area until 1128PM," read the text message alert. "Prepare
When Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens, who is a well-regarded expert on water and has studied pollution all over the world, began hearing about a deepening algae bloom in his own backyard in Lake Okeechobee this summer, he struggled to find information that could tell him what was going on.
State scientists sample water in the lake, but too infrequently to track rapidly evolving algae blooms. Instead, Havens had … [more…]
We asked for it… us and Rick Scott
Imagine for a moment that you see a guy slowly reaching toward a scalding hot stove. Everyone around screams: “Don’t touch it! You’ll hurt yourself!”
But the guy pays them no mind and places his palm flush upon the bright orange burner, only to scream in surprise and agony as his flesh begins to char.
You’d think this man was pretty stupid, … [more…]
Photo: Algae collects along the the shore of Shepard Park on the St. Lucie River near downtown Stuart on June 12, 2018. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A massive reservoir to hold Lake Okeechobee overflow got White House approval this week, a key step for the fast-tracked plan to spare northern estuaries from extended assaults of harmful lake water.
The $1.4 billion project slated for state-owned land in … [more…]