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Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but...

Algae bloom reaches danger level at California reservoir

Sep. 07, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — A bloom of toxic blue-green algae in a Central California reservoir has reached the danger level, the state Department of Water Resource said Tuesday. Lab results from this week’s tests showed an increase in toxin levels at San Luis Reservoir...

Prized trout streams shrink as heat, drought grip US West

Sep. 06, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — The North Platte River in southern Wyoming has been so low in places lately that a toddler could easily wade across and thick mats of olive-green algae grow in the lazy current. Just over two years ago, workers stacked sandbags to protect homes and...

River closes after California family dies nearby

Sep. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mysterious deaths of a Northern California family of hikers and their dog have led federal officials to close 28 miles along the Merced River, where high levels of toxic algae were detected. The Bureau of Land Management closed campgrounds and...

Trails where California family died closed to the public

Sep. 01, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal officials closed a portion of trails at a national forest in Northern California where a family and their dog mysteriously died last month, citing pending toxicology reports on nearby water. There was no clear cause of death, prompting...

Small lake in southwest Reno contaminated by algae bloom

Aug. 28, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small lake in southwest Reno that's popular for recreation is contaminated by a blue-green algae bloom that promotes the growth of toxins, city officials said. The city issued a warning Friday and put up signs telling people to avoid contact with the...

Toxic algae bloom considered in death of California family

Aug. 19, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators are considering whether toxic algae blooms or other hazards may have contributed to the deaths of a Northern California couple, their baby and the family dog on a remote hiking trail, authorities said. The area in the Sierra National...

More algae blooms found at Lake Anna

Aug. 18, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials are expanding an advisory against swimming at Lake Anna after algae blooms spread to other parts of the lake. The Virginia Department of Health collected samples from the lake earlier this month and updated the harmful...

Red algae is a 'bummer' on Pine Point Beach

Aug. 17, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Beachgoers are disappointed by the appearance of sticky and smelly red algae at Point Point Beach. The Asian red algae is an invasive species that tends to show up in early August, turning the sand and surf reddish-brown, town officials said. ...

Health officials issue toxic algae advisory for Hebgen Lake

Jul. 28, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Health officials have issued a safety advisory for a lake just outside Yellowstone National Park after harmful algal blooms toxic to humans and animals were detected. The bloom of algae was in Hebgen Lake, a reservoir in southwestern Montana near...