Call for $1.2M study into toxic algae in Wallkill River

[USA] With the state budget deadline looming, environmental advocacy groups and municipalities are voicing their support for a proposed state and federally funded study into the toxic algae blooms on the Wallkill River.

The neon green blooms made their appearance in the summer in both August 2015 and August 2016.

They spread across 30 miles of river and remained for several weeks.

They led to warnings that the toxins could be harmful to people, dogs or other pets, livestock and wildlife from ingestion, skin contact or inhalation.

The $1.2 million plan is known as Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling in the Wallkill River Watershed.

It was developed by both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Geological Survey. The state’s share of the cost would be $800,000.

The New Paltz town board threw its support behind the study last week.

“The blooms certainly hurt, because people could not kayak, swim or fish and missed out on a part of the season,” said New Paltz Supervisor Neil Bettez.

Among those who felt the impact of the toxic algae was Craig Chapman of New Paltz Kayaking Tours, since he was unable to put his kayaks in the water during the bloom.

 

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