New research will help identify toxic algae blooms in Northwest waters
People who go to the lake to recreate often find water sources might not be safe.
The scummy stuff at the top of water and in the water column is often the result of too much phosphorus. It’s unhealthy for what lives in the water and for those who walk and swim in it.
“We know that these blooms are really very prevalent, and they’ve been becoming longer lasting and more intense, and more lakes have become affected,” says Oregon State University researcher Theo Dreher. “And so it’s very relevant in Washington, as it is in Oregon, and really all around the world.”
Pinpointing which types of algae have toxic genes will be a new way to better identify and remove it from lakes and reservoirs throughout the Northwest. And that will help protect recreational areas and drinking water.