Friday, May 30, 2014

Times-News: Black Globs on the Snake River

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Idaho's environmental experts are baffled over "black globs" forming in the Snake River.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that the globs were noticed over the long Memorial Day weekend, and by May 27 the globs, with a "blackish tinge," had spread to the south bank of the river from Centennial Park to Auger Falls in the Twin Falls region.

"I have no idea," Balthasar Buhidar, regional water quality manager with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, told the Times-News. "It could be a number of things, from an oil slick to bacteria or algae."

The Times-News reports that by May 29, the globs had "changed to a rusty color and were hugging the banks" of the Snake.

"People didn't seem to mind it," said Buhidar. "They were still boating on the river."

Meanwhile, officials at the Twin Falls wastewater treatment plant insist that facility isn't to blame since the globs were reported upstream from the plant. And officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game say they haven't received any reports of a fish kill.

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