Blue Green Slimy Stuff
Toxic algae outbreaks in water systems are a well known phenomena in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Now though we’re seeing a rapid increase in these outbreaks in the American West. Like other parts of the country, the outbreaks are increasing in scope and severity due to a rapidly warming climate. Unlike the Midwest and East, the outbreaks in the West aren’t, for the most part, being exacerbated by agricultural runoff – instead, evidence is pointing to sediment runoff from unhealthy and/or burned forests upstream and by reservoir operation protocols.
Carpe Diem West will be present at the AWRA Annual Conference November 3-7, 2019.
In this session we’ll look at:
- How Salt Lake City Public utilities and related state and local agencies are dealing with the outbreaks in some of their key waterways.
- The challenges the City of Salem (Oregon) faced last year in dealing with weeks of not being to deliver culinary water (one of their biggest challenges might surprise you!); and the state health authority’s new regulations to protect public health
- A new study conducted by the University of Oregon for the Eugene Water & Electric Board on wildfire impacts on a key upstream reservoir poject should go forward.