State department to host public meetings on algae growth

State department to host public meetings on algae growth

News Type: State Source: ABC Fox Montana
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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting public meetings to discuss an ongoing algae growth study in the Smith River, according to their official Facebook page.

DEQ developed the Smith River Nuisance Algae Study in 2018 after receiving reports of algae growth reaching nuisance levels since 2015 and interfering with recreational activities such as river floating.

DEQ Public Information Officer Karen Ogden says the department will use the meetings to discuss results of the first study field season, as well as possible factors that could play a role in algae growth. Additionally, the meetings will also go over plans for the upcoming 2019 field season.