Monitoring HABS in Red River Watershed
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Posted on Monday Jul 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM  
Kuk does the state have any plans to monitor possible HABS in this drainage? The past four years have been a disaster for our lakes and rivers - it would seem to me that some type of monitor and cell counts for upper reaches of tributaries, and below low flow dams might allow early prevention, such as alfalfa bales, or treatment of smaller water bodies before they are flushed out to main rivers or lakes - perhaps just a pipe dream - but seems it would be a better alternative than "dead seas"
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Posted on Monday Jul 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM  
What is/are HABS and how do alfalfa bales help?
Posted on Monday Jul 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM  
Harmful Algae Blooms - Golden Algae cells are now present in MOST of the waters south of I-40 and west of I-35 in Oklahoma, and are responsible for Altus Lugert dying off - likely to follow are many great southern Okie lakes, likely even though DEQ is still scratching their little furry heads, HABS likely killed off the Salt Fork as well as the Red River from below Arrowhead lake to the I-35 bridge The algae thrive when water is high in chlorides and multiply rapidly in pools and low flow areas in fall - then you get flushing spring rains after dry periods and the algae are flushed out to headwaters of the lakes - where they give off toxins to capture food - this affects a fishes gills and they cannot get oxygen even though the O2 levels in such areas are normal - Alfalfa hay is being used to give beneficial algae a head start, which GA will feed on and therefore not release so much toxin -- There has been limited success treating some waters with chemicals to kill GA, if its in a limited area -- Right now Texoma is a ticking time bomb - right circumstances and its a goner - as is Waurika, Tom Steed and others --
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Posted on Monday Jul 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM  
ODWC has invested a lot of money and time in this issue recently (a lot of it through a partnership with OU zoology dept). While GA cell counts (which are monitored by the way) can get scary high, there has not been a proven way to combat this invasive species. GA has devistated parts of Texas (Possum Kingdom) for many more years than OK has had it, and they cannot find an effective way to combat GA either. The biggest issue is the size of this watershed...you cannot simply treat every drop of water in the drainage. That is far too expensive and success would be impossible given how much water is in this area. There are also other problems contributing to this issue, most made worse under recent drought conditions. ODWC has fought, is fighting, and will continue to fight against this invasive species. Just remember that we have to consider this devastating critter when we try to implement bait transfer regulations. We are trying to contain GA and fight toxic blooms, but are limited in the tools we can use.
Posted on Monday Jul 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
From what I read GA now sporulates and can be transferred by wind --,no way you can stop that - The longest running combat with GA comes from aquaculture in Israel - 70 years later and science is no closer to a cure -- I believe instead of pointing fingers at any one group -look for innovative combat
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