Latest Algal blooms News

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...

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...

Spain tightens fertilizer rules after dead fish clog lagoon

Aug. 25, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities are expanding a ban on harmful fertilizers around a saltwater lagoon on the country’s Mediterranean coast, where over the past 10 days several tons of dead fish have washed up. The regional government of Murcia, some 400 kilometers...

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...

USDA head visits Vermont, hears about farm runoff reductions

Aug. 19, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials told the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary on Thursday that farm efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff and federal money to support that work are paying off to improve the water quality of Lake Champlain. Federal funding...

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...