Research could lead to dissipation of toxic algae

When you’re in the environmental research business, finding blue-green algae can be a double-edged sword: it’s good for the researchers, but not so good for the people living in the area.

A collaborative research project between environmental engineering firm Continue reading Research could lead to dissipation of toxic algae

Seven Southeast Alaska Tribes Form Partnership to Monitor Harmful Algal Bloom Events

Sitka, Alaska – The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has formed the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins partnership to unify southeast Alaska Tribes in monitoring harmful algal bloom events that pose a human health risk to the subsistence shellfish harvester, such as paralytic shellfish poisoning. This monitoring effort will provide weekly data on the timing and distribution of harmful algal blooms along with measurements of environmental conditions, indicators, and potential mechanisms that trigger harmful algal bloom events. Continue reading Seven Southeast Alaska Tribes Form Partnership to Monitor Harmful Algal Bloom Events

Making seaweed soap is more a joy than a job for Jo

THE smell of soap as I walk into Jo Baskett’s house is delicious and the location is just the same. Jo shows me around her tiny workshop that is fit to bursting with soaps of almost every recipe you could think of. We head outside, overlooking the river Tamar, t Continue reading Making seaweed soap is more a joy than a job for Jo

Algal Blooms Threaten Public Health, Great Lakes Mayors Fight Back

No city can stand alone against Great Lakes water quality issues. This became clear when in August an algal bloom off the coast of Toledo introduced a toxin, called Microcystis, into the city’s water supply causing a two-day drinking water ban, sending shockwaves through cities reliant on the Great Lakes basin. Continue reading Algal Blooms Threaten Public Health, Great Lakes Mayors Fight Back