Lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams are a critical source of drinking water for millions of Americans. They also provide recreational opportunities and a habitat for wildlife. These bodies of water are essential to our daily lives.
Algae blooms, fueled by a changing climate and nutrient pollution, threaten many of these waters and they appear to be on the rise. What’s worse, in some cases these outbreaks produce toxic bacteria also known as cyanotoxins. Ingestion of these toxins has been associated with many health issues, ranging from diarrhea to cancer.
Currently, no government agency is tracking data on algae outbreaks for the entire country. EWG now tracks and monitors these algae outbreaks nationally in an effort to quantify their impact on drinking water, public health and the environment.
Millions of people could be exposed to potentially toxic algae blooms this July Fourth holiday.Read More
Across the U.S., there is a growing epidemic of harmful algal blooms – also known as blue-green algae – polluting lakes, rivers and swimming holes, EWG reported this month.Read More
In 2010, there were just three reports of toxic blooms in the U.S. In 2015, there were 15, including the largest to date in Lake Erie, although the bacteria did not get into Toledo’s drinking water. In 2016, there were 51, including a huge bloom in Florida that prompted the state to declare an emergency in four counties on the Atlantic Coast. Last year, 169 blooms were reported. And in March, Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared the open waters of western Lake Erie “impaired for recreation” – an unprecedented designation that under the federal Clean Water Act will require the development and enforcement of plans to reduce toxic blooms.Read More
Across the U.S., a growing epidemic of toxic algal blooms is polluting lakes and other waterways, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group.Read More
What comes to mind when you think of the Florida coast? Sandy beaches, sunshine, warm water and … toxic algal blooms?Read More
Ripped from the pages of an obscure science fiction novel, millions run screaming from the threat of a toxic algal bloom blanketing almost 650 miles of the Ohio River. Regrettably, this story isn’t made up. Officials in the Ohio River basin are scrambling to deal with poisonous slime that may compromise the safety of drinking water, suffocate aquatic life and halt recreational activity for much of the region.
In 2014, Toledo was the first U.S. city where a toxic algal bloom made tap water unsafe to drink. But it may not be last, says a new report by the Environmental Working Group.Read More