Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Toxic Algae Infest Idaho's 'Most Popular Place for Recreational Fishing'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Researchers say North Idaho's Fernan Lake is, "acre for acre, Idaho's most popular place for recreational fishing," but there is a toxic blue-green algae problem there and they're prepared to dive into the problem.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the National Science Foundation is funding a large study of the algae problem, which will include more than two dozen University of Idaho faculty, post-doctoral researchers, students from multiple disciplines and local stakeholders. In particular, researchers are expected to consider urban growth as the cause of the problem, which according to the Press, "typically draws warnings from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality each year."

"High phosphorous levels in this Coeur d'Alene-area lake cause blooms of toxic blue-green algae that keep residents from enjoying the natural resource in their backyard," reads a press release from the U of I.

Researchers say the algae blooms "produce unsightly thick, green mats along the shoreline," according to the Press. "In addition, some bloom species identified in the lake may produce toxins that are capable of causing illness in humans and animals and death to animals."


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