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?
By Sarah Graddy and Robert Coleman This summer, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is tracking outbreaks of potentially toxic algae across the U.S. We have been startled to find that these outbreaks are erupting everywhere: from the East Coast to the West Coast, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Though outbreaks of […]
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 […]
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 […]