Latest Algae News

Governor: Ohio plan to clean Lake Erie will work, take time

Nov. 15, 2019 7:43 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. The plan is the first time the state has...

Vermont awards more than $1 million to phosphorus projects

Nov. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Five Vermont groups are sharing more than $1 million to use phosphorus recovery technologies as the state works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain and other waterways. It’s part of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge announced last year to...

Judge allows lawsuit seeking action on Lake Erie algae

Nov. 13, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio says an environmental group pushing for mandatory regulations to prevent toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie can move forward with its lawsuit. The judge in Toledo issued a ruling Wednesday denying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to dismiss...

Kentucky removes warning for Ohio River waters

Nov. 7, 2019 1:39 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have removed a public health advisory for harmful algal blooms along the Ohio River. Kentucky's Division of Water and Department for Public Health issued the advisory on Sept. 26 for people using the waterway for recreation from the McAlpine Dam near Louisville to...

This year's algae bloom on Lake Erie ranks as fifth largest

Oct. 31, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers say the harmful algae bloom on Lake Erie this past summer was the fifth largest since they began ranking them going back to 2002. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the bloom covered about 700 square miles by the end of August. Algae blooms have been a...

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...

Study to assess farm efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff

Oct. 8, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly $2 million in federal funding will go toward a study to look at how farm efforts are working to improve water quality, U.S. Sen. Patrick...

Advisory in place for Idaho's Winchester Lake

Oct. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

WINCHESTER, Idaho (AP) — A public health advisory is in place for Winchester Lake after testing indicated elevated levels of toxins produced by blue-green algae. The Lewiston Tribune reports health officials and the Nez Perce Tribe have urged people to use caution when spending time in or near the water. A...

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...