27 December 2010

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala had a bad year – algal blooms in a large lake hitherto unaffected by this scourge.  I was invited to attend a special working group in September (2010) but funding was not available – despite a formal request to the WRC (I have been consulting to them since 2004 on  their toxic algal strategy and also representing them on the GWRC Toxic Algal Working Group.  Lets hope 2011 brings them some success.

Despite the seasonal cold, Willow Lake (Oregon, USA) has only just had its algal-initiated closure lifted.  The first warnings for the Rotorua Lakes (New Zealand) – regular algal bloomers – have been issued, and a second warning for Lakes Forsyth and Wairewa in the Canterbury District.

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