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Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Idaho are working on research that could make it easier to detect algae blooms.


So far this year, the Wyoming Department of Health has issued algae bloom advisories for 16 lakes and reservoirs across the state, a spike that mirrors the record number potentially toxic blooms across the country in 2019, as counted by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group.

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If you're jumping into a pool, pond or other cool body of water during these hot days, how can you stay safe? Idaho Matters finds out the two big dangers are drowning and RWI's, recreational water illnesses caused by germs or chemicals where you swim.


As temperatures heat up, a familiar and potentially dangerous sight of summer is returning to Brownlee Reservoir.


The Boise Parks and Recreation department has implemented new measures to keep the ponds in city parks clean and free of e. coli, bacteria and algae blooms. Parks & Rec director Doug Holloway and Environmental Division Senior Manager Haley Falconer join Idaho Matters to talk about keeping the city's ponds clean, safe and swimmable.

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A team of scientists from University of Idaho has made it to the finals in a competition to fight algae blooms in public waters.

Algae Blooms Create Hazards In Idaho Lakes And Streams

Aug 22, 2018
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State officials have issued warnings regarding high blue-green algae content in multiple ponds and lakes throughout Idaho.

On The Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 21, 2018

  • A bus pulls into Boise promoting Medicaid expansion.
  • Children adjust to changing schedules differently than adults.
  • Algae blooms create water hazards throughout Idaho.
  • The Cabin rolls out a new literary compilation written by 40 local authors.