Midsummer is the time for forecasts of the size of this year’s “dead zones” and algal blooms in major lakes and bays. Will the Gulf of Mexico dead zone be the size of New Jersey, or only as big as Connecticut? Will Lake Erie’s bloom blossom to a human health crisis, or just devastate the coastal economy?
As harmful algal blooms become more widespread, it’s important to understand the dangerous impacts these toxic organisms can have on people, planet and even your pets. Algal blooms often resemble foamy mats, floating on the water. They can look like pea soup or spilled paint, often green, or blue-green in color. Without analyzing the water […]
Energy Transfer Partners‘ new Rover Pipeline has spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio’s wetlands. Construction of the $4.2 billion project only began last month. According to regulatory filings obtained by Sierra Club Ohio, on April 13, 2 million gallons of drilling fluids spilled into a wetland adjacent to the Tuscarawas River in […]
By Karen Chapman For a month now, South Florida Atlantic beaches have been blanketed by a sickly green, toxic algae sludge that has kept tourists away and businesses reeling. Florida has a bigger headache this summer than most states, but algae blooms are hardly unique. Last week, more than 100 people were sickened by toxic […]
By Codi Kozacek A year after the most intense bloom of toxic algae on record engulfed Lake Erie, the lake is set to get a reprieve this summer. Federal forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict this year’s bloom will register a 5.5 in severity, about half the level recorded last year and […]
It’s as thick as guacamole, but you don’t want it near your chips. You don’t want it in your water, either, but that’s exactly where it is, a sprawling mat of toxic algae the size of Miami, spreading out across Florida’s storied Lake Okeechobee and from there along major rivers to the state’s Atlantic and […]