Several local agencies have formed a task force to cope with the problem of harmful algae blooms, spotted this summer in some calm, shoreline areas of Presque Isle Bay. The task force got together today for the first time to map strategy.
The group wants to increase monitoring, testing and public education. And be ready if harmful algae blooms re-appear in 2014. The key goal is adequately warning the public.
DEP Great Lakes Biologist Nathan Irwin said, "Harmful algae blooms very definitely can be harmful. We want to be sure that if there is a harmful algae bloom that we are not sitting on our heels, that we are pro-active and we do our part to monitor and educate the public and make the public know."
The group says beefed up monitoring will cost about $50,000. State and federal grants will be used to pay for the work.