Latest Algal blooms News

Florida lawmakers advance fight against blue-green algae

Jan. 22, 2020 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the water. Offshore, a toxic swarm of rust-colored flecks known as red tide killed manatees, dolphins, sea turtles...

Disaster loans: Closed Mississippi beaches hurt businesses

Jan. 17, 2020 5:21 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Low-interest disaster loans are available for small Mississippi businesses hurt by toxic bacteria that closed every mainland beach in the state during the summer. Those in adjacent counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana also are eligible. The federal Small Business...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla.  The 60-day Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  will have lawmakers considering everything from coconut patties to a state budget expected to exceed $90 billion. Lawmakers are also expected to address abortion rights, private gun sales and environmental issues such as the rise in sea level. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

DeSantis goals: teacher pay, E-Verify, environmental action

Jan. 12, 2020 8:54 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pursuing an agenda this year that builds on some of his successes in his first year in office, including education, the environment and immigration. DeSantis has declared 2020 “the year of the teacher" and is proposing raising the minimum teacher...

FILE - In this Tuesday, October 29, 2019 file photo, Senate president Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, speaks at pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. The 60-day Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  will have lawmakers considering everything from coconut patties to a state budget expected to exceed $90 billion. Lawmakers are also expected to address abortion rights, private gun sales and environmental issues such as the rise in sea level. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

From coconut patties to guns, lawmakers ready for session

Jan. 11, 2020 10:25 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The 60-day Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday will have lawmakers considering everything from coconut patties to a state budget expected to exceed $90 billion. Lawmakers are also expected to address abortion rights, private gun sales and environmental issues such as...

About 300 sea turtles die in Mexico from red tide

Jan. 9, 2020 3:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities said Thursday that 292 sea turtles found dead on the country's southern Pacific coast since Christmas died as a result of a red tide algae bloom. Volunteers, researchers and authorities managed to save 27 of the Pacific Green sea turtles, which had...

Rhode Island officials lift advisories for blue-green algae

Dec. 28, 2019 9:12 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island health and environmental officials have lifted recreational advisories that have been in place for a number of bodies of water because of a blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria. The Rhode Island Department of Health and the state Department of Environmental...

Spending bill would boost funding for Great Lakes cleanup

Dec. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A wide-ranging cleanup of the Great Lakes would receive a funding boost under a spending bill moving toward enactment in Congress. The measure, approved Tuesday by the House, includes $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The bill was sent to the Senate for a...

Activists sue EPA over water quality in Missouri lakes

Dec. 3, 2019 3:42 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri activists are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the state’s lake water quality. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed a federal lawsuit against the EPA on Tuesday. The group is suing the agency for approving what advocates describe as lax...

Commission urges cooperation on Vermont-Quebec lake

Dec. 2, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — An organization that focuses on international water issues between the United States and Canada is recommending that the state of Vermont and province of Quebec work together to prevent algae blooms in Lake Memphremagog, which straddles the border. The draft report by the International...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by in Miami. In his first 10 months in office, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed a science officer, established a czar on climate change and pushed action against red tide and algae blooms. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

In Florida and elsewhere, GOP pressured over climate change

Nov. 27, 2019 12:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since taking office in January, Florida’s Republican governor has appointed a science officer, established a climate change czar and pledged to spend billions of dollars to restore the Everglades and combat the pollutants that spawn blue-green algae and red tides. A top...