Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pond scum

N.Y.'s wet spring may mean more toxic algae blooms

A blue-green algae bloom at the David C. Webb Memorial Park Beach in Constantia in 2014 (Oswego County Health Department).

Oswego County

Weather Channel

Sunny days in New York may sound ideal to some, but one expert says they may mean it’s going to be a bad summer for toxic blue-green algae blooms. Suspected or confirmed blooms have already been spotted on five upstate lakes, including Lake Neatahwanta, which is a perennial location for the algal blooms. This especially wet spring season flushed lots of nitrogen and phosphorous into lakes, SUNY Professor Greg Boyer says. Add hot, sunny weather, and the conditions are ideal for the blooms.


What’s in N.C. water? DEQ intends to find out

Starnewsonline.com & WWAY Wilmington

N.C. regulators began water sampling Monday to determine the current levels of a largely unregulated chemical emanating from a Chemours’ facility about 100 miles up the Cape Fear River from Wilmington. Department of Environmental Quality staff will take samples from 12 locations along the river, with the process repeated during the next three weeks and samples sent to a Colorado lab. That period coincides with the chemical process Chemours officials say has been creating GenX as a byproduct since 1980.


Chesapeake Bay summer forecast: Big dead zone


Scientists say this year’s summer “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay will be larger than average. “Dead zone” refers areas of low or no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life. Scientists with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey say this year’s dead zone could be about 1.89 cubic miles, or nearly the volume of 3.2 million Olympic-size swimming pools.