By William Young, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | February 3, 2017 Scientists have found more than one way to determine when a harmful algae bloom will occur. With these advancements, water ecosystems will be even more protected. Algae bloom is a natural process that occurs when an abundance of nutrients enters an area […]
Article courtesy of Staff of Zack Briggs | February 2nd, 2017 | News 4 Tucson | Shared as educational material. A high school senior in Arizona has developed a process to filter lead out of the water by using algae. Amanda Minke calls the system the Wet Algae Mechanical Filter (WAMF). For developing WAMF, she […]
Article courtesy of Anthony Watt | January 6th, 2017 | Dispatch-Argus | Shared as educational material. A bioreactor, a pit with untreated and unpreserved wood chips, reduces agricultural nitrates in the water. Human activity like agriculture can cause an overdose, known as nutrient pollution, of substances including nitrates which cause algae populations to increase. People […]
Article courtesy of The Canadian Press | December 28th, 2016 | thestar.com | Shared as educational material. Recently, a large number of dead starfish, clams, lobsters, and mussels have washed up on a western Nova Scotia beach paralleling the massive herring death toll earlier. Scientists do not know what is causing these deaths: it’s a […]
Article courtesy of Sophia DG | November 4th, 2016 | Nature World News | Shared as educational material. Research experts from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom have developed an autonomous robot that can seemingly eat through the algae problem that plagues many of the world’s waters. This autonomous robot takes in algae […]
Article courtesy of Staff of Craig Pittman | July 6th, 2016 | Tampa Bay Times | Shared as educational material. From 2012 to 2015, 158 manatees (along with many pelicans and dolphins) died in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, which was once known as the most diverse ecosystem in America. This disturbing trend halted last summer, […]
By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | September 6, 2016 Florida has been experiencing a rather serious water crisis as of late, one that has the danger of causing widespread disaster for the region. Most people are describing it as a “guacamole-like sludge” that is due to faulty political and economic decisions […]
Just in time for tourist season, both of Florida’s coasts are being flooded by dark, polluted water that’s killing ocean creatures and turning away would-be swimmers, fishermen, and other visitors.
Unusually warm ocean water has caused a huge algae bloom along the west coast of the United States. Also known as “Red Tide” or harmful algae blooms (HABs), Domoic acid has severely impacted marine life, shutting down most of California’s crab fisheries.
“The nutrient phosphorus has long been regarded as the key to algal growth in freshwater systems. However our results show that both phosphorus and nitrogen are equally important for growth of algae,” study authors Stefanie Mueller and Simon Mitrovic of Sydney’s University of Technology explained in a statement.
Sandusky officials drew up a battle plan and armed themselves with enough chemical weaponry to defeat maybe the region’s biggest threat in order to protect their drinking water.
For two days in August, residents of Toledo, Ohio were told their water was unsafe to drink or even use to bathe. It had been contaminated by poisonous microcystin toxins generated by huge algae blooms in Western Lake Erie.