Meeting focus on algal blooms in Wallkill River
Harmful algal blooms in the Wallkill River will be the topic of discussion during a meeting Nov. 3 at SUNY New Paltz.
“Why Did the River Turn Green? Harmful Algal Blooms in the Wallkill River” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Humanities Building Room 201 at the college.
From August through October 2016, the Wallkill River turned bright green due to a confirmed harmful algae bloom. While it has shifted in extent, the bloom has affected the river for more than 55 days, with persistent or recurrent impacts documented along a 30-mile stretch of the river and a portion of the Rondout Creek.
Representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Harmful Algal Blooms Program, the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance and Riverkeeper will talk about the Wallkill River and the conditions that led to the algal blooms’ growth.