Algae closing lots of beaches

18 July 2013

Starting in Kentucky (a first for Droplets I think) is a warning that algal blooms in the Rough River need to be avoided. A common visitor to Droplets is Lake Attitash – where contact with the lake water is to be avoided – a condition that started back in June.  In Maryland, Buzzards Bay is off-limits – as reported by the local health agent, Cynthia Coffin (yes, you read it right).

In North Texas algal blooms are imparting a taste to the water – but apparently no toxins according to officials.  Regular readers will know Droplets viewpoint on the issue of tastes and possible presence of toxins.  The Kimball Reservoir in Calistoga, California, has been closed due to an algal bloom.  Lake Forest (which I think is in Florida) has water restrictions in place and algae building up in the reservoirs.

In Alberta, a  blue-green algae advisory is in effect for Bear Creek and the reservoir in Muskoseepi Park until further notice. Alberta Health Services says people and animals should not drink or swim in the water. They should also avoid contact with any algae on the shoreline. Blue-green algae produces a toxin that can make people and animals sick. The toxin can stay in the water after the plants are gone.

Lastly, some more good news for the Songhua Lake in China:

According to a water pollution control blueprint for the Songhua River over the 12th Five-YearPlan (2011-15), the city plans 10 major projects this year to reduce urban sewage andindustrial pollution treatment, and all have started construction.

Another 10 projects for the next year are under preparation.

Ecological protection of the Songhua Lake region has attracted 100 million yuan ($16.23million) in investment, more than 82 million yuan of it planned for a wetland restoration project.

Note To Droplets Readers:  The CyanoAlert and related articles carried by Droplets will terminate at the end of July due to funding constraints. Apologies to all our regular readers but this is beyond our control.

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