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Minot students participate in international water study

Sep. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A group of Minot High School honors biology students have volunteered to help with a water study that stretches from the United States to Canada. The project by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation is meant to evaluate phosphorus and dissolved oxygen levels in a portion of Souris River drainage...

Cape Coral canals are helping researchers find what works

Sep. 19, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists and officials are using Cape Coral’s cyanobacteria slicks as a living laboratory to test ways to fight freshwater algae blooms with potentially global impact. A team including city staff and nationally prominent researchers have deployed a variety of algae-fighting...

Algae bloom prompts warnings at Maryland reservoir

Sep. 18, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A potentially harmful algae bloom has prompted warnings for people to exercise caution when kayaking or boating a reservoir in Montgomery and Howard counties in Maryland. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the body of water is the Triadelphia Reservoir. The reservoir provides...

Algae is lighting up parts of the lower Chesapeake Bay

Sep. 9, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A bioluminescent algae has been lighting up the lower Chesapeake Bay along the shores of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that the single-celled organisms form a chain and reproduce in warm water. The algae is present during the day, but becomes most...

New report has same old findings on how to save Biscayne Bay

Sep. 6, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — There’s a new plan to save ailing Biscayne Bay, and it looks a lot like the old plan — and the one before that. For decades, scientists and environmentalists have done more than plead with politicians to protect South Florida’s crown jewel: They’ve written studies,...

SC health officials: Keep out of lake with algae blooms

Aug. 20, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are warning people to stay out of a lake due to elevated levels of toxins associated with algae blooms in the water. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control issued the warning Wednesday night following test results showing unsafe levels...

Utah reduces toxic algae testing after budget reductions

Aug. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Dozens of bodies of water in Utah were not tested for toxic algae blooms this spring because of state budget cuts. They previously underwent regular testing before the cuts to the Utah Division of Water Quality testing and monitoring program, The Daily Herald reported. State lawmakers in...

EPA approaches property owners about Charles River runoff

Aug. 16, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Large private-property owners eventually could be required to limit the amount of phosphorous they discharge into stormwater that ends up in the Charles River. WBUR-FM reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is reaching out to private institutions in the Charles River watershed to...

Toxic algae bloom found in Rhode Island reservoir

Aug. 15, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, R.I. (AP) — Health and environmental officials are warning people to avoid the Slack Reservoir in Greenville because of a blue-green algae bloom in the pond. The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management say all recreation, including swimming, fishing and boating,...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020 file photo, a small boat chugs along the Honga River near the Chesapeake Bay as the sky lights up at sunrise, in Fishing Creek, Md. Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. One of the main reasons why is because there was less rainfall washing pollution off of farms and cities and into the nation’s largest estuary. The forecast was released Wednesday, June 17 by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Program.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Report: Pennsylvania falls behind in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Aug. 14, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the health of the nation's largest estuary is continuing to improve. But it says Pennsylvania still isn't doing enough to reduce the amount of pollution that's flowing into the bay from the state. The Maryland-based nonprofit released a report on...