I like to write about something Congress does that we can applaud, although it happens about as often as Colin Kaepernick is named “Patriot of the Year” by the local VFW. However, sometime this week President Obama is expected to sign the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, legislation that holds some provisions that can be good for boating. As is typical of bills containing myriad provisions, it’s hard to get a handle on it. … Read More

With the discovery of quagga mussels in Pyramid Lake in northern Los Angeles County this past week, there are now 32 waters in Southern California certified to have the invasive species. Those waters include the entire Colorado River and its aqueduct system, most of the lakes and reservoirs in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties, and Piru Lake in Ventura County. This is the first time the quagga mussels have been discovered in the state … Read More

Microscopic observation of water samples collected at Pyramid Lake in June 2015 revealed the presence of Dolichospermum, a type of cyanobacteria that can produce a toxin capable of killing dogs within 20 to 30 minutes of exposure. (Photo courtesy of Greenwater Laboratories) By Stephanie K. Baer, LA Daily News The thing that stands out to Beverley Anderson-Abbs about the unsightly, paint-like algae blooms in California this summer should perk up dog owners’ ears. Anatoxin-a, an algae toxin … Read More

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