A Weekend of Algae

Over September 9-13, our new ISU PhD student Tania Leung and I traveled to northwest Iowa to the Lakeside Laboratory. Our goals at Lakeside were twofold: to collect preliminary data on our Iowa Water Center funded project in order to plan our field campaign for summer 2017, and
to participate in the Phycological Research Consortium (PRC).

Our research will use deep West Lake Okoboji and shallow East Lake Okoboji to evaluate the potential that iron is released out of lake sediments, stimulating the blooming of toxic cyanobacteria in Iowa’s lakes during the summers. These harmful algal blooms (HABs) continue to increase, which threaten the safety of Iowa’s surface water for drinking and recreation.… Read More A Weekend of Algae

From the IWC Director: Water Quality – Why Such a Challenge?

On July 26, IWC Director Rick Cruse presented to about 150 attendees at the Arkansas Water Resources Center’s Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was “Nutrients, Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms.” Dr. Cruse spoke during the opening general session in a presentation entitled “Water Quality – Why Such a Challenge?” The following is… Read More From the IWC Director: Water Quality – Why Such a Challenge?