Watch Out for the Green Water: Blue-Green Algae News and Safety Information


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 07 July 2018

Watch Out for the Green Water

 Do not drink, or allow your animals or children to drink from or play in water containing cynobacteria, otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae. Review the Blue-Green News just below and the safety information at the bottom of this page:


Blue-Green Algae Safety and Identification Information

 

July 2018,
&
August 2015:
Rising heat and declining waters are creating conditions even more favorable for cynobacteria,otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae.

In the Sierra the source of nitrogen feeding the blue-greens is cattle grazing. This is the same grazing that preserves High Sierra meadows, and for which the series of check dams that gave birth to countless lakes were created.



High Sierra Water Quality Articles

ALL WATER NEWS

 

The Latest
BLUE-GREEN NEWS

 July 31

 

WATER SAFETY

Vast Summer 2012 Blue Green Algal Outbreaks across Northern Hemisphere

Three Reports: Western US, Northern Europe, Great Lakes and Florida

 

 

 

July 9

 Lake Okeechobee Turns Green

Algae Bloom in Florida Prompts Fears About Harm to Health and Economy,
New York Times, July 9, 2018

 

 

 

Summer of 2018
July 7

HEALTH & FITNESS HAZARD WARNING

Mountain Safety
Green Water Warning

THIS WHOLE SUMMER

HAZARD-DANGER WARNING

High Temps combined with a thin snow pack and a weak Spring Thaw have left lakes and reservoirs with low, stagnant, and warm waters conducive to the very early-season growth of vast amounts of toxic blue-green algae we're seeing in the Sierra, as well as across the whole country this year.

Blue-Green Algae Safety and Identification Information, below

 

 

 

June 12, 2018

 

HEALTH & FITNESS: Green Water

Watch Out for the Green Water

Salem drinking water contaminated, children advised to avoid tap water

 

 

 

2017

November 3

 

Another Filth Magnifies its Own Effect

Climate Change induced Increases in Organic Runoff further Desanitizing Lakes 

 

 

 

August 18

Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters,
TUFTS UNIVERSITY, August 15, 2017.

 

 

July 27

 

Much More Green Water Coming

Climate change means more rain, more nitrogen runoff, more problems,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, July 27, 2017.

Fish & Water News

 

 

June 21

Heat Effects

Blue-Green Algal

Blue-Green Algal Bloom Found in San Luis Reservoir,
Ca Dept Water Resources, June 20, 2017.

 

 

April 29

Toxic algae on the rise as our oceans warm,
Ars Technica, April 30, 2017.

 

Green Water Article on Mountain Safety Page

 

 

2016

Extended Drought and the drier and drying conditions in California have exhausted the refresh rates of our major reservoirs, lakes, and rivers resulting in a widespread appearance of nasty blue greens.

We are seeing a generalized increase in blue-greens across California.



California Agencies Warn Of Harmful Algal Blooms Across State,
CPR, August 4, 2016.



Two Inland lakes come with algae warnings,
Lake Elsinore lifts ban, but officials there and at Silverwood Lake alert visitors to body contact issues.
The Press Enterprise, August 5, 2016.


 

Stockton Blue-Green Algae Is Back And Considered Health Hazard,
CPR, August 2, 2016.



Algae bloom forces Lake Elsinore closure,
LAT, July 29, 2016.

 

 

 

Blue-Green Algae
Facts, Figures, & Safety Information

 

Blue-Green Algae, Generally

Toxic blue-green algae pose increasing threat to nation's drinking, recreational water,
OSU, August 12, 2015.  

 

 

Specific Cautions

 

The Main Points



NO HUMAN USE

Do not drink, cook or wash dishes with untreated surface water from these areas under any circumstances. Common water purification techniques, such as camping filters, tablets and boiling, do not remove toxins.

NO ANIMAL CONTACT

Take care that pets and livestock do not drink the water, swim through algae, scums or mats, or lick their fur after going in the water. Rinse pets in clean water to remove algae from fur.

AVOID HUMAN CONTACT
Avoid wading, swimming, or jet or water skiing in water containing algae blooms, scums or mats.

NO MARINE PRODUCTS

People should not eat mussels or other bivalves collected from these areas. Limit or avoid eating fish from these areas. If fish are consumed, remove the guts and liver, and rinse filets in clean drinking water.

FIRST AID

Get medical treatment immediately if you think that you, your children, your pet or livestock might have been poisoned by blue-green algae toxins. Be sure to alert the medical professional to the possible contact with blue-green algae. Also, make sure to contact the local county public health department.

 

From
California Department of Public Health
Cautions Related to Seasonal Blue-Green Algae Blooms

 


More
California Dept of Public Health
Blue-Green Algae Information

Environmental Health Investigations Branch

 

 

More Information

 Washington Dept of Public Health
Blue-Green Algae

 

 

Purdue Fact Sheet
Toxic Blue-green Algae, pdf

 

 

Tracking Blue Green Algae

Environmental Working Group
2018 Blue Green Report

 

California State Water Resources Control Board
Public Algae Reporting

2017 Ca Report

 

EPA 2012
National Lakes Assessment

 

EPA
Cyanobacteria Assessment Network

 

 

Blue-Green News, above

 

 

 

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