"Toxin producing blooms are called Harmful Algal Blooms
. These toxins can be harmful to wild animals, farm livestock and domestic pets.
Harmful blue-green algal blooms
and the toxic microcystins that accompany them have been a persistent threat in the lake's western basin but, until this study, bloom-related toxins had not been formally documented and analyzed in the central basin.
However, this is the first time they have been shown to remove microcystin, the toxin released by harmful algal blooms
I think I could write a paper just about harmful algal blooms
hitting social media!
Submitted as an entry in the Environmental Science and Engineering Category, the winning project presents practical and affordable solution for the early detection of algal blooms
(red tide) through a device that uses a set of sensors for pH level, temperature, and light intensity to measure and predict HABs.
"As well as having a negative effect on the appearance, quality and use of the water, algal blooms
can also move around - you could see it one day, but it may have moved the next." Dogs who ingest the algae could suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling, disorientation, trouble breathing, seizures and blood in faeces.
Susan Fitzpatrick, natural resource management team leader for NRW, said: "We receive many inquiries about the quality of Wales' waters and while most are about genuine pollution incidents, sometimes they relate to algal blooms
For desalination plants, algal blooms
can lead to operational issues like clogging of intake filters, increased chemical consumption, high membrane fouling rates, and in extreme cases, shut down.
Caption: A drone captures images of an algal bloom
on Owasco Lake.
Dogs can become ill by ingesting blue green algae from water We know that some dogs enjoy nothing better than a paddle in a cool lake while on a walk in this hot weather, but my advice to pet owners would be to keep your dog on a lead during walks near water confirmed to have toxic algal blooms
The body has confirmed they believe it is algal blooms
, which could be linked to the bioluminescent plankton seen at Southerndown, Aberavon and Three Cliffs Bay in recent weeks.