July 28, 2016 The City of Lake Elsinore was just notified by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) that Lake Elsinore contains toxins that exceed recommended recreational health thresholds caused by cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. PUBLIC SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. AS A RESULT, LAKE ELSINORE IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED TO ANY AND ALL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING BOATING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Blue-green algae is present in most freshwater and marine aquatic ecosystems. Excessive … Read More

If you think the algae problems in our waterways are limited to the East and Midwest, think again. A huge toxic algae bloom has spread rapidly in Utah Lake, sickening more than 100 people, turning the water to a green pea-soup texture and closing one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi. It’s located about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. Commonly known as cyanobacteria blue-green algae, it has covered almost all … Read More

by Norm Schultz, Tradeonlytoday.com on July 12, 2016 When boaters won’t use their boats because they refuse to plow through guacamole-thick green gunk, it’s a threat to our industry. When newspapers and TV stations nightly blast pictures of hundreds of dead fish doing the backstroke, it’s a threat to our industry. When state and local health departments post public notices and “Dangerous Algae, No Swimming” signs on beaches, it’s a threat to our industry. The … Read More

People ride a jet ski at Pyramid Lake in Lebec, Calif. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. On Tuesday, the state warned people not to wade, swim or water-ski at the lake because of a large algal bloom that has developed there. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Southern California News Group) By Stephanie K. Baer, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune POSTED: 07/13/16, 3:23 PM PDT | State water officials are urging people to avoid any contact with the water at … Read More

  An environmental nightmare is playing out about 35 miles from Lake Okeechobee, the source of a green-and-blue algae bloom that is plaguing South Florida. At the lake, an aging dike system forces the Army Corps of Engineers to release controlled discharges through channel locks east and west from the lake to protect nearby towns from flooding, but those discharges, which carry pollutants from agricultural lands that flow into the lake from the north, pour into … Read More

USA TODAY NETWORK Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic 6:10 p.m. EST March 6, 2016 Quagga mussels have expanded rapidly through the Southwest since their discovery at Lake Mead nine years ago (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic) PHOENIX — A tiny European shellfish whose larvae are swarming the Colorado River and connected water bodies has colonized reservoirs and canals in the hills around the Phoenix area. Officials fear the invaders could clog treatment plants and require millions … Read More

SANTA FE, NM – All boats soon will be subject to inspection and possible decontamination before launching in New Mexico waters under new rules adopted to combat the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species. The new rules, approved by the State Game Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting, will take effect Feb. 12. Changes to the AIS rules include: • Mandatory water craft inspection required anytime an inspection station is set up and in operation. … Read More

January 29, 2016 – Todays News Herald Parts of Lake Havasu are returning higher than normal levels of microcystis for this time of year, which could mean another springtime algal bloom. “It hasn’t been significant to the casual observer, unless you’re out looking for it,” Water Resources Coordinator Doyle Wilson said. “I was surprised it was as thick as it was at the time.” At a Clean Colorado River Sustainability Coalition meeting, Wilson said there … Read More

Recreational and Municipal Water Users Will Be Impacted PHOENIX — In mid-December of 2015, personnel from the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program positively identified an adult quagga mussel attached to the hull of a boat recently removed from Canyon Lake, a major recreational lake on the Tonto National Forest. Previous sampling conducted at Canyon Lake in October and November produced evidence of the genetic presence of quagga mussels near Mormon … Read More

Posted on September 18th, 2015, Tradeonlytoday.com Researchers knew California’s drought was a record-breaker when they set out to find its exact place in history, but they were surprised by what they discovered: It has been 500 years since what is now the Golden State has been this dry. California is in a fourth year of a severe drought, with temperatures so high and precipitation so low that rain and snow evaporate almost as soon as they … Read More