Algal blooms are increasing in frequency and in severity, experts believe

Algal blooms are increasing in frequency and in severity, experts believe

Earlier this month, the stink of decaying algae started coming from coastal waterways in southeastern Florida, resulting in closure of the businesses and beaches at the time of an important tourism season.

Officials examined the area, surveyed the toxic muck and announced states of emergency in four counties. The native has shaken their heads, their fists, and carried out rallies and criticized local officials.

The reality is that they couldn’t do much in all this. The disaster that has hit the St. Lucie River and its estuary was building for weeks. Last to last month, a 33-square-mile algal bloom slithered across Lake Okeechobee, the huge headwaters of the Everglades. Following an unusual wet winter, the Army Corps of Engineers had to release water from the lake to decrease water levels, draining the ooze with channels to the west till the time it coagulated along the famous Treasure Coast’s shores.

The mess Florida has come across recently is the latest one in the series of algal blooms that as per experts is become quite frequent and severe with time. Last September, a huge plume of blue-green algae spanned over a 636-mile area of the Ohio River. A month prior to it, the city of Toledo, Ohio, cautioned over 400,000 native to stop drinking tap water as toxic algae had spread over an intake in Lake Erie. In fact now the Lake Erie bloom has become a yearly event.

Nearly a year prior to the Florida bloom, another spread over 7,500 square miles washed ashore in Qingdao, China, a very coming destination for beachgoers. At that time hundreds of boats and bulldozers were used for its removal. Earlier this month, the green blob has appeared one more time.

The biggest and the most unsafe algal bloom ever taken into account, ranged from Central California to British Columbia, and generate huge levels of a toxin that resulted into the closure of crab and clam fisheries along the West Coast previous year.