Latest Algal blooms News

Swimming OK in New York portions of Greenwood Lake

Jul. 18, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

GREENWOOD LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — There's some partially good news at a lake along the New York and New Jersey border that's been affected by a harmful algal bloom. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday that New York portions of Greenwood Lake are currently safe for swimming. In New...

State: Don't swim in Greenwood Lake or even touch the water

Jul. 17, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Swimming has been banned at another New Jersey lake due to the presence of an extensive harmful algal bloom. State environmental officials on Tuesday closed swimming areas on Greenwood Lake, which stretches about nine miles between West Milford, New Jersey and Orange County in New...

Editorials from around Ohio

Jul. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 14 The bad news about this year's Lake Erie algal toxins is that the harmful blooms are likely to be "significant" and could range up to 9 on a severity index that has only gone over 10 once. That would...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 11, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Heavy rains that inundated the Great Lakes region this spring will fuel another massive algae bloom across parts of western Lake Erie later this summer, researchers said Thursday. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect this year's bloom to rank among...

Environmentalists, state officials disagree on toxin limits

Jul. 8, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Environmental activists and state environmental officials disagree about how regulations should be used to combat algae blooms in Florida's waterways. The state Department of Environmental Protection is considering new regulations on how much toxins are allowed in the state's waterways....

Experts warn of 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

Jul. 6, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt before it could flow miles downstream and pollute the...

Algae bloom creeping into Lake Erie from Sandusky Bay

Jun. 29, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers say toxin producing algae have formed in northern Ohio's Sandusky Bay and are migrating into Lake Erie near Cedar Point, a signal the lake's western basin could see massive blooms this summer. The Blade reports an official from Bowling Green State University's Great Lakes...

Report: 174 dolphins died from red tide bloom off Florida

Jun. 28, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said. Figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed 174 dolphins were stranded in a mass die-off between last July and last...

State: Don't swim in Lake Hopatcong or even touch the water

Jun. 27, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental officials say people shouldn't swim in New Jersey's largest lake or even touch the water because aerial surveillance confirms the presence of an extensive harmful algal bloom. The warning issued Thursday also urged people to not eat fish caught in...

Florida governor signs $91 billion state budget

Jun. 21, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a nearly $91 billion budget Friday that increases money for education and the environment — but not before cutting $131 million from the spending plan lawmakers sent him. The governor had five pages of line-item vetoes on a wide range of...