Four dogs die from algal toxins in Indiana

30 July 2012

Last week saw the sad deaths of four dogs  – after they had swum at Salamonie Reservoir in Indiana – a state that has several lakes currently under algal bloom warnings.  Salamonie is currently experiencing very low water levels as a result of the drought.

The 2012 US summer season seems to have been a bit quieter insofar as algal warnings are concerned.  I am not sure if this is due to less reporting interest, new reporting guidelines or a genuine decline in events.  Warnings are still being posted though, notably for Wisconsin, Kansas and Indiana.  Algal blooms continue to plague Not-So-Clear Lake in Lake County, CA.  A new ruling governing phosphorus discharges into Wisconsin waterways has been approved!

Questions are being asked about the fitness for use of drinking water in Budd Lake, Fairmont, Iowa – a lake in which seasonal algal blooms have been a bugbear for several years. And, in a rare occurrence, cyanobacteria have been reported in Lake Superior.  Up in Alberta, Canada, Pigeon Lake is again in the news with activists desperate for something positive to be done to slow the process of eutrophication.  As the article notes, not much is likely to happen until officials and politicians with backbones step up to the water resource protection issue.  Here in South Africa we cannot get Ministers to accept responsibility for allowing the quality of education to collapse to the level where a whole province still has no textbooks for 2012! All these Ministers seem to be good at is drawing their salary and finding someone else to lay the blame on.  Yet, Civil Society remains ominously quiet!

Stevens Pond in North Andover, Maryland, remains closed while officials scurry to try and find a solution.  Its easy, manage the nutrients! Take a leaf out of Wisconsins book!

On the island where the Olympics are being held, Llangorse Lake in Wales is apparently safe to swim in after a period of algal blooms.

Down in Oz, a lot of fish have died as the result of an algal bloom of dinoflagellates in the Swan River.

In Central Africa, the fishing industry in Lake Victoria has been dealt a massive blow from the  impacts of eutrophication and the resultant algal blooms.

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