Algae blooms seen at Lost Dog
September 26, 2018
Algae blooms have been discovered at the Lost Dog area of the Flaming Gorge, prompting the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and Wyoming Department of Health to issue an advisory for people recreating in the area.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a harmful algae bloom occurs when colonies of algae grow out of control and produce toxins harmful to fish, animals and people.
Algae blooms occur in every state. NOAA cites climate change and nutrient pollution, where chemicals feeding algae cause population growth, as main contributors to the blooms.