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Driscoll, Paul

DEQ hosting public meetings to discuss algae growth on the Smith River

HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting two informational public meetings about algae growth in the Smith River. In recent years, there have been numerous reports that algae growth is increasing and interfering with recreational activities. Due to these reports, additional efforts are being made to determine causes so solutions can be developed.

 

The first meeting will be held on February 28, 2018, in Helena at the DEQ Metcalf building, 1520 E. 6th Ave. in Room 111 from 3-5 pm. The second meeting will be held on March 1, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs at the All Seasons Inn and Suites from 5:30-7 pm.

 

The purpose of the meetings is to facilitate a discussion with the public about what DEQ knows about algae growth in the Smith River, what the preliminary plan is for investigating the issue and what information is still needed. DEQ wants to determine why these algae are reaching nuisance levels now and is seeking information that people may have that the agency is unaware of.

 

Each meeting will begin with a presentation by DEQ, followed by an information gathering session.

 

Many types of algae grow in Montana, especially when nutrient, temperature, light and flow conditions allow. Excessive algae in water bodies can negatively affect recreational experience, irrigation systems, and can harm fish and other aquatic life.

 

For more information about the project, contact Chace Bell at 406-444-5315 or by email at: cbell2@mt.gov

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