algae Officials Warn of Toxic Algae in Illinois Lakes, Rivers By The Associated Press & Becca Schimmel • May 30, 2016 Matthewjparker, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 State officials are warning anyone spending time on Illinois lakes and rivers to watch out for a type of rapidly growing algae that can cause illness and other health problems. Group Begins Massive Ohio River Cleanup in Louisville This Week By Erica Peterson (KPR) • Sep 28, 2015 WFPL A barge that teaches students about river ecosystems is beginning its fall tour in Louisville this week. New Program Will Use Satellite Images to Identify, Forecast Harmful Algal Blooms By Erica Peterson (KPR) • Apr 13, 2015 Wikimedia Commons/Author: Felix Andrews Four federal agencies are teaming up to use satellite data in an attempt to better predict and prevent harmful algal blooms in lakes. Study: Toxic Algae Blooms Help Create Their Own Favorable Conditions By Erica Peterson • Jan 8, 2015 Last summer, cyanobacteria made the news when a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie shut down the city of Toledo, Ohio’s water supply. In Kentucky, similar conditions meant that vacationers at 15 lakes were greeted by warnings to avoid direct contact with the water, if possible. River water quality affected by drought By Dan Conti (KPR) • Jul 24, 2012 Flickr Commons The severity of the drought in the Ohio River basin has officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers monitoring water sources in Kentucky and surrounding states.