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Old 14-07-2016, 17:56   #16
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Cyanobacteria is also a big problem here in California, I sail on Clear Lake which is anything but clear. I spent last night anchored in a cove and this morning it was so thick that it looked like the surface of the water had been painted with a roller full of green paint. The only reason I knew it was toxic is from a recent lecture from a biologist that said there has been only one death of a dog because the dog licked himself dry. That was enough to poison it. The vapors from stirred up water can also be toxic. Maybe all of those %&*# jet skiers will breath enough to feel like going home. There was also another report of a dog poisoning near the Russian River from the same thing. We are hoping that the possible end of the drought will change the ecosystem enough to reduce the problem. ______Grant.
Grant, we sailed on Clear Lake in the early to mid-80s, non-drought years. The lake always had a reputation for that crap, some years worse than others, some years earlier some years later. I doubt if rain will be a cure. Loved sailing there though. Used to anchor west of Nice, sail down to anchor off the state park and Dorn Bay, did the Konocti Cup a couple of times.
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If you live in floriduh or plan on cruising floriduh, you should subscribe to this wordpress blog (it's easy to subscribe). The author is a city council member for the city of Sewalls Point smack dab in the middle of the Indian River Lagoon. She has been writing about the problems with all of the agricultural runoff from Lake Okeechobee to the IRL and Atlantic. The Gulf side of the state gets the same poison via the Caloosahatchee river into Ft. Myers.

https://jacquithurlowlippisch.com/2016/07/08/lake-okeechobee-is-definitely-point-source-pollution-slrirl/

One of the best blogs out there for information on Lake O and its man-made tributaries. Unbelievable aerial photos are in many of her entries showing the toxic Lake O plumes racing into the St. Lucie River and beyond.

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Let's try that link again:

http://https://jacquithurlowlippisch...lution-slrirl/

or just paste this into your browser:
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Re: Toxic Algae effect on water pumps etc.

My understanding was that the red bloom was simply the end stage of any algae bloom, the point where the die off had reached the point where the green or green/blue blooms are overtaken by the dead and decomposing.

At this point the water becomes...hypoxic? Oxygen deprived. Toxic.

Is this not correct?
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