Minnesota Researchers Studying Algae On Madison Lake
MADISON LAKE (AP) — Researchers from the University of Minnesota are studying conditions on Madison Lake to try and determine what weather and water quality conditions are producing an overabundance of blue-green algal blooms.
A floating monitoring station was installed in the lake last month is taking live measurements on a variety of data ranging from wind speed to water temperature.
University of Minnesota Extension educator Shahram Missaghi says his team will look at whether the data supports theories that climate change and human development is causing an algae increase.
The lake was chosen for research partly because it has good overall water quality. The data collection will continue through the fall.
The project is being funded by a grant from the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.