Confirmed Algae Blooms in the South River!

Confirmed Algae Blooms in the South River!

Results came back from two samples collected on Wednesday, August 7th, when our South Riverkeeper saw a water clarity of less than only 1 foot at the mouth of the River!

The source of the extremely low water clarity came from a dinoflagellate bloom of Gyrodinium uncatenum (pictured below). Thankfully, this bloom is non-toxic.

That same day at the headwaters of the South River (near Flat Creek), we found a Eutreptia bloom, which can potentially produce toxic conditions for aquatic organisms.
Fortunately, this species of Eureptiales was confirmed to be non-toxic,  though it can cause large ecosystem impacts after the algae dies off.

Please shoot us a message if you start to see major discoloration in the water, and contact the MDH Envrionmental Helpline at 866-703-3266.

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