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Two Vermont beaches closed because of blue-green algae

Aug. 7, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont beaches have been closed after a blue-green algae bloom was discovered. The Burlington Parks and Recreation Department tweeted Thursday that North Beach and Texaco beach were closed to swimmers because of cyanobacteria blooms, WPTZ-TV reported. Leddy and Oakledge beaches...

This photo taken July 13, 2020 at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park shows a stretch of the lake's northeast shore looking north from Sand Harbor toward Incline Village, Nev.  Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity took a dive last year, worsening by about 8 feet during an especially cold and wet winter as sedimentation, algae growth and a tiny invasive shrimp continue to pose restoration challenges. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).

Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity worsens amid wet winter

Jul. 31, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe’s fluctuating clarity got worse last year during an especially cold and wet winter as sedimentation, algae growth and a tiny invasive shrimp continued to pose restoration challenges for the famed clear water of the mountain lake straddling the California-Nevada line. The...

Shellfish harvest resumes on Atlantic Coast

Jul. 25, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has announced that the ban on harvest of shellfish due to a harmful algal bloom has been lifted along the Atlantic Coast. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said the harvest closure, due what often is...

Toxic algae bloom closes Pyramid Lake north of Reno

Jul. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has shut down Pyramid Lake north of Reno. The lake has been closed to outside visitors since the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe banned visitors to the reservation surrounding the lake at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. But KRNV-TV first reported Friday the lake...

Official: Cyanobacteria kills dog at Zion National Park

Jul. 14, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Toxic levels of a cyanobacteria have been detected in a Utah river for the first time after a dog suffered seizures and died at Zion National Park, officials said. Public health officials have since cautioned people against swimming or letting their animals enter the Virgin River's...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, a catfish appears on the shoreline in the algae-filled waters at the end of 113th Street in the Point Place section of North Toledo, Ohio. The blob of pea-green algae that covers parts of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller in the summer of 2020 than a year ago. That's according to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its annual forecast Thursday, July 11, 2020.  (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP, File)

Moderate algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 9, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Lake Erie's annual blob of pea-green algae is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago following a relatively dry spring, but that doesn't necessarily reflect significant improvement toward reducing the nutrient pollution that causes it, scientists said Thursday. A...

In this Aug. 4, 2019 photo provided by Taylor Williams, a new species of seaweed covers dead a coral reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Researchers say the recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than anything they've seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a nature reserve that stretches more than 1,300 miles north of the main Hawaiian Islands. The algae easily breaks off and rolls across the ocean floor like tumbleweed, scientists say, covering nearby reefs in thick vegetation that out-competes coral for space, sunlight and nutrients. (Taylor Williams/College of Charleston via AP)

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Jul. 7, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading...

Vermont lake to be removed from impaired water list

Jul. 5, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

RYEGATE, Vt. (AP) — A northern Vermont lake that suffered many years of algae blooms and other challenges has improved to the point that it's being removed from Vermont’s impaired water list next month, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation said. Ticklenaked Pond in Caledonia County...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...

Group warns of harmful algae found in Charles River

Jun. 27, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A conservation group is warning the public to beware of a toxic blue-green algae found in the Charles River. The Charles River Watershed Association issued a public health advisory after the algae was found at sites from the Massachusetts Ave Bridge to the Museum of Science. The group says...