Murray State University

A toxic algae bloom study is still in the learning phase at Hancock Biological Station. A $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation awarded last year, supports real-time sensors that relay water quality data to the station every fifteen minutes.

Murray State University

A field research station on Kentucky Lake has received a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund the study of toxic algae blooms.

National Weather Service,

This year, as in previous years, it’s likely summer in Kentucky will come with an occasional harmful algal bloom.

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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. 


A barge that teaches students about river ecosystems is beginning its fall tour in Louisville this week. 

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Four federal agencies are teaming up to use satellite data in an attempt to better predict and prevent harmful algal blooms in lakes.

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

Jul 24, 2012
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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.