The fundamental reason for CyanoAlert, funded completely by DH Environmental Consulting as a free service to anyone who wishes to make use of it, is to help expand a general and accurate understanding of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). In this regard we welcome any comments regarding the usefulness of this service. On a similar note, Wisconsin’s Rapid Tribune has been thanked for their efforts to do much the same. Also in Wisconsin, local government official Joe Parisi has already started a program working with farm families to combat a long time blue-green algae problem in Dane county’s lakes and when it comes to public safety he feels he’s made some great strides. This type of stand is very rare amongst local government officials and politicians. The Sudbury and District Health Unit advises people using lakes and rivers to be on the lookout for algal blooms and has provided a list of warning signs. Health Units in Ontario are publishing similar information.
Algal problems may soon close Moncton Reservoir in Canada. For the past few years, crews have been battling a problem known as algae bloom, and had to close the reservoir early last summer because of it.
From Wales, Pembrokeshire Council and Public Health Wales have asked Llysyfran reservoir owners, Welsh Water, to temporarily restrict activities such as swimming. Levels of a potentially toxic blue-green algae found in a reservoir near Haverfordwest have prompted a safety warning from officials.
Swimmers and boaters beware: the hot, stagnant weather is leading to an increase in potentially harmful blue-green algae at many Indiana reservoirs and lakes. From California, officials with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning recreational users of the South Fork Eel and Van Duzen Rivers, Big Lagoon, Freshwater Lagoon and all other fresh water bodies to avoid contact with algae this summer. They are aware of 11 dog deaths which may have been caused by blue-green algae poisoning since 2001. The dogs died shortly after swimming in Big Lagoon, the South Fork Eel River and the Van Duzen River.
Lake Victoria continues to degrade, despite the millions that have been thrown at it, a lot going to fly by night consultants and quite a bit into the bribery system. If he could see Lake Victoria today, John Speke – the British explorer who came across it in 1858 – would probably stare in shock and disbelief. The once clear water teeming with life is now murky, smelly and choking with hyacinth and algae. Lake Victoria is one of many lakes that has proven that biological controls, weevils that feed on hyacinth plants, are absolutely useless against massive levels of pollution. There is simply too much food available for the plants and they can outgrow any damage caused by the weevils. As has been pointed out time and again, the only way to combat eutrophication is to reduce the nutrient loading at source!