Latest Algal blooms News

Red tide bloom makes its way to southwest Florida bays

Oct. 18, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say a red tide bloom is making its way into southwest Florida bays and killing sea turtles. The Fort Myers News-Press reports turtle conservationists have seen seven dead Kemp's ridley sea turtles and one dead loggerhead at Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach. Boats...

Swim portion of triathlon event canceled over algae blooms

Oct. 11, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Part of a Kentucky triathlon has been canceled over toxic algae blooms in the Ohio River. News outlets report a statement by The Ironman Group says officials have determined after water testing that it is necessary to cancel the swim portion of Sunday's 2019 Ironman Louisville for...

Algae blooms force cancellation of Ohio River swim

Oct. 9, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Great Ohio River Swim has been canceled due to the harmful algal bloom that could endanger swimmers' health. Organizers canceled the event Tuesday after it was postponed from late September to Oct. 13. The race is scheduled to return in 2020. The event website thanked participants for...

Mississippi Coast beaches open, contact advisories lifted

Oct. 5, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — All 21 beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are open after being closed this summer for a harmful algae bloom. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality late Friday lifted water contact warnings that were issued Aug. 6. Warnings also were lifted for Pass Christian...

Scientists: Red tide is back in Florida's southwest coast

Oct. 5, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say toxic red tide is back in the waters off the Florida southwest coast after fading away earlier this year following a 15-month bloom. Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said Friday that samples taken from the waters off the shore of...

Regulators: Gulf of Mexico red grouper limits staying low

Oct. 2, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

Regulators say catch limits for red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico will stay at this year's levels indefinitely. This year's catch limits and targets were about 60% lower than 2018 levels. They were cut after 2017 landings came in at their lowest level in recent years and fishers reported seeing fewer legal-sized...

Indiana: Harmful algae blooms detected on Ohio River

Sep. 30, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are warning people about harmful algae blooms on the Ohio River near Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana State Department of Health issued the warning on Friday, cautioning swimmers and boaters...

Kentucky issues harmful algae warning for Ohio River

Sep. 27, 2019 4:38 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Division of Water and Department for Public Health are issuing a public health advisory for harmful algal bloom along the Ohio River. The advisory is for people using the waters for recreation. The advisory area is from the McAlpine Dam near Louisville to the Greenup Dam...

Cattle & dairy farmers are becoming environmentally friendly

Sep. 23, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — Methane, a greenhouse gas, gets turned into electricity at Barstow's Longview Farm in Hadley. Enough electricity is generated from cow manure and food waste to power over 1,000 homes. The gas traps heat in the atmosphere and cows produce methane through belches, farts and their manure...

Algal bloom closes beach at northern Utah reservoir

Sep. 11, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A harmful algae bloom is closing the North Beach at Mantua Reservoir in northern Utah. The Herald Journal reports the reservoir east of Brigham City has been under a "warning advisory" since mid-August, and on Monday health department officials increased the warning level on the north...