Algae Blooms

Blue-green algae bloom (file)
Lake Champlain Basin Program/Larry Dupont

The Vermont Department of Health is reminding residents to avoid contact with toxic blue-green algae in Vermont waters.

Lake Champlain
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s budget proposal includes a concept for cleaning up phosphorus pollution in the state’s waterways.  He wants to find a way to harvest and resell it.  But critics say he’s trying to avoid spending the money to do actual cleanup.

Toxics Targeting, Inc.

An environmental database company says toxic algae threatens public recreational and drinking water sources around New York. 

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

New York state and local officials are co-sponsoring a forum Thursday evening on harmful algae blooms in the Walkill River. The event is aimed at heightening public awareness about a growing problem that spans the river in two counties.

Algae research sign
Vermont Small Business Accelerators, LLC

The city of Burlington has teamed with an engineering firm on a pilot project exploring a new way to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.

Lake Champlain
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The state of Vermont is seeking public input on a plan to clean up Lake Champlain by reducing the amount of phosphorous and other pollutants that reach the lake.

Blue Green Algae bloom
Lake Champlain International

People living along the shores of Lake Champlain are taking note of the problems Toledo, Ohio has faced with water contaminated by toxic algae. That’s because the same blue green algae appears in parts of the local lake each summer.


The public is being urged to avoid two water bodies within the city of Albany.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has identified that Washington Park Lake and Buckingham Pond have been infected with Blue-Green Algae Bloom. Both lake and pond are located in heavily-trafficked populated areas.

Residents should be aware of the following guidelines:

Blue-green algae bloom (file)
Lake Champlain Basin Program/Larry Dupont

More than 200 volunteers have been trained to monitor Lake Champlain this summer for any formation of toxic blue-green algae blooms.