OSU Develops New Test for Toxic Algae

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A​​mid a health advisory for algae blooms in the Willamette River near downtown Portland, researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have been developing a new way to figure out which are toxic. The procedure relies on “sniffing out” the gasses the algae blooms give off to determine the level of danger.

The researchers said the new method may provide a more efficient way to deal with that danger. The most recent example of the tested toxic algae bloom is in a large section of the Willamette River near downtown Portland. The notice has been in effect since August 15, with the Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department warning people and their pets to stay out of the water and avoid drinking it.

“If we can give water managers that information ahead of time, then they can be more prepared to either apply treatments that they may use, or actually close waterways to avoid exposures by the public,” said one of the researchers.

Credit: Tim Gordon, KGW8 Staff

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