Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Texas battles blue-green algae epidemic

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Officials recently met in Texas to discuss how they can more effectively combat toxic blue-green algae blooms, which continue to spread in the state.  The most immediate problem was Lake Texoma.

"Businesses along the lake felt the deleterious effects of blue-green algae blooms this past summer. The blooms, which are toxic to both human and animal life, drove away tourists and local residents, hurting revenue at shops and restaurants that depend on warm weather business. Local leaders said they endeavored to ensure blue-green algae blooms do not reappear this coming summer, and that they plan on proactively attacking the nuisance."

"'For those of us that... understand how the environment works and the cause and effects … when an invasive species shows up, [it is] beyond worrisome,' wildlife specialist Cliff Moore affirmed at a recent meeting. 'This is my backyard. This is my lake. My lake is gone. I don't want to lose the rest of Texas.'"

Because Cape Cod has cleaner water than most of the US, Cape Codders don't appreciate the danger to ponds from excess nutrients.

Many ponds on Cape Cod have had toxic algae blooms.

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