Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Caryn Miske
Executive Director, Clearwater Resource Council 

Algal blooms: What can we do about them?


November 21, 2019

Joann Wallenburn, Clearwater Resource Council

The algae bloom on Placid Lake, Aug. 22, 2017.

On Oct. 31, the Seeley Swan Pathfinder published a story discussing the possible detection of toxic blue-green algae on Seeley Lake. The article provided a thorough discussion surrounding such algal blooms and why we should be concerned.

Unfortunately, algal blooms are not a new phenomenon in the Clearwater "Chain of Lakes" as Seeley, Placid and Salmon lakes have had documented algal blooms in the recent past, though not all of the blooms were documented as toxic. In 2017, Placid Lake experienced an Anabaena infestation and in 2013 Salmon Lake had an aphanizomenon flos-aquae bloom.


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