Green water lapping at the shoreline can seem beautiful, but don’t be fooled. Although background levels of algae are natural, toxic algae outbreaks are anything but natural — becoming worse as a warming climate raises water temperatures and nutrient pollution causes uncontrollable growth of harmful levels and types of algae and bacteria.
This summer, we’ve seen Idaho Department of Environmental Quality advisories throughout the state, from Fernan Lake in the Panhandle to Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir south of Twin Falls in the south. Popular recreation spots like Lake Cascade, Lake Lowell and Brownlee Reservoir also have active advisories right now for toxic algae outbreaks.
The underlying causes of these outbreaks are not going away, so we can’t simply hope for better conditions next year and the year after that. Instead, let’s take action.
Speak up and tell the Idaho DEQ and your public health district — the agencies charged with protecting public health — that you care about clean water for you, your children and your pets!
Use our form to show your support for the good work they do and let them know that you support dedicated funding for raising awareness of the growing problem and for increasing water quality monitoring of Idaho lakes and streams.