HABs: What are they and how do we measure?

Algae can be problematic in water when they grow in abundance, because when these blooms die, their degradation in the environment can deplete oxygen dissolved in water, killing fish, crabs, and oysters.  Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) got a lot of attention over the summer of 2019. In large part, this was due to the death…

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Dr. John Lopez of Pontchartrain Conservancy show speaking on the condition of the lake 2019

Hear It Straight From Our Scientists on Algae

What’s the story with toxic algae? Algae is the foundation of the ecosystem, a primary producer that utilizes the sun’s energy to build cell material. But, “blue green algae”, or cyanobacteria, are capable of producing a toxin that can cause negative health outcomes in low concentrations. We’ve seen algae before….but now we have the scientific…

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