Ratepayers to cop cost of preserving water quality amid drought

[1st, May 2014] The Mount Isa City Council is facing a $4 million bill for hiring equipment to maintain water quality standards during the drought. Little rainfall has resulted in high blue-green algae levels forming in the city’s main water supply, Lake Moondarra, forcing the local water board to hire… Continue reading Ratepayers to cop cost of preserving water quality amid drought

Health warnings lifted for Lake Rotoehu and Lake Rotoiti

[1st, May 2014] The algal bloom health warnings previously issued for Lake Rotoehu and for Okawa Bay and Okere Arm on Lake Rotoiti have been lifted. Medical Officer of Health, Dr Neil de Wet says “results of water testing by Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirm that… Continue reading Health warnings lifted for Lake Rotoehu and Lake Rotoiti

Lux soap gets the algae treatment

[1st, May 2014] It may famously be favoured by celebrities such as Sophia Loren, but Lux soap is about to get a green makeover, with a new recipe that uses renewable oils made from algae. In the 1920s, it became the first ever mass-market soap, and now, nearly a century later, Lux is taking another pioneering step by becoming the first soap brand to be made using algal oils… Continue reading Lux soap gets the algae treatment

Secrecy out of place in water quality tests

[1st, May 2014] Iowans are clamoring for improvements in our water quality, while our lakes take in more nutrients every year and are covered with algae. The state response was a nutrient reduction plan that was heavily influenced by the Iowa Farm Bureau with almost no input from conservation groups… Continue reading Secrecy out of place in water quality tests

Algae ‘see’ a wide range of light

[1st, May 2014] Aquatic algae can sense an unexpectedly wide range of color, allowing them to sense and adapt to changing light conditions in lakes and oceans. The study by researchers at UC Davis was published earlier this year in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences… Continue reading Algae ‘see’ a wide range of light