Anderson Lake south of Port Townsend closed because toxins 990 times over safe level; state park still open

[10th, May 2014] Within a period of a week, the level of a potent nerve toxin in Anderson Lake rose 990 times over the safe threshold, prompting its closure to fishing and all other water recreation.Weekly testing since April 21 had found the level of anatoxin-a to be below the state recreational guideline of 1 microgram per liter of water… Continue reading Anderson Lake south of Port Townsend closed because toxins 990 times over safe level; state park still open

Loch clean-up to keep poisonous algae at bay

[10th, May 2014] Chemicals similar to those used at the London Olympics will be put into Strathclyde Loch to ensure it is free from poisonous algae when it hosts the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games triathalon. Organisers have revealed the list of preparations they are putting in place to make sure that events at the Watersports Centre run smoothly…

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Water Department receives 50 complaints in two days on water taste, smell

[10th, May 2014] The Quincy Water Department has received about 50 calls in the past two days from residents who say the city’s tap water has an “off taste” and “funny smell.” Director of Utilities and Engineering Jeff Conte said the city cleaned some storage tanks Wednesday, and calls started coming in Thursday… Continue reading Water Department receives 50 complaints in two days on water taste, smell

Loch clean-up to keep poisonous algae at bay

[10th, May 2014] Chemicals similar to those used at the London Olympics will be put into Strathclyde Loch to ensure it is free from poisonous algae when it hosts the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games triathalon. Organisers have revealed the list of preparations they are putting in place to make sure that events at the Watersports Centre run smoothly…

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The rise of ‘rock snot’, a mysterious algae

[10th, May 2014] An increasingly common algal growth dubbed ‘rock snot’, found in rivers the world over, is caused by changing environmental conditions. The algae, Didymosphenia geminata, or “didymo” for short, has been cropping up in rivers in New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States in recent decades. Dubbed “rock snot”, the freshwater algae species can carpet riverbeds… Continue reading The rise of ‘rock snot’, a mysterious algae

Algae update: Fixing bad-tasting drinking water already expensive

[10th, May 2014] It’s anyone’s guess just how bad the algae blooms might be this year, but the city already is dealing with a related problem: bad-tasting drinking water. The city of Columbus has spent $97,000 since early February to get rid of the off-taste and unpleasant odor of drinking water pulled from… Continue reading Algae update: Fixing bad-tasting drinking water already expensive