Algal wake-up call for New York State

11 June 2012

Readers ask why CyanoAlert features so many reports from the US?  The answer is quite simple – it’s because that is where all the reports, in the main, are coming from right now. Our news clipping service focusses on the entire globes news on a twice-daily basis, so we don’t discriminate!  Currently, the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand have the highest level of public consciousness regarding blue-green algae and the threats they pose to water quality and human or animal health.  Other countries, such as the one I live in, have only a rudimentary public understanding and no regulatory mechanisms for reporting or issuing warnings.  So, Droplets uses the countries that do to provide examples for the countries that do not.

In terms of protecting human health, it is arguably criminal for any authority to not report on the presence of potentially-toxic algae.

And on to this morning’s reports:

During the past three years, New York has gone from 0-100 on the cyanobacterial awareness scale.  Toxic algae have now been found in more than 100 lakes and ponds since monitoring started in 2009.  Monitoring and reporting methods are being polished to ensure that no lakes slip through their net.

In Madison, Wisconsin, Goodland County Park Beach has been closed due to an algal bloom.

In the Dorothy State, the number of lakes on the Impaired List has been reduced by one to 1330, following the removal of Lake Shawnee.  This lake now has an eutrophication management plan in place, allowing it to be removed from the Name and Shame list.  Still a lot of lakes to work on!

Over in the land of the Long White Cloud, a decision to not discharge wastewater into the Tukituki River (Hawkes Bay) during the dry season seems to have met with approval (it certainly makes a huge amount of sense).

At least all the lakes above have water in them.  Africa’s Lake Chad is now less than one-fifth of its natural area, and shrinking fast – threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people with no alternatives whatsoever.  But, of course, climate change is a myth.

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