At this time, the Task Force is working hard to understand the impacts of the 2018 algae bloom. We are concerned about the unprecedented level of algae growth in 2018. If nuisance algae growth continues or worsens, it could have serious implications for the health of our river.
We will not be able to determine the scope and implications of the 2018 algae bloom until we have acquired and thoroughly analyzed our monitoring data. By evaluating nutrient levels, algae biomass data, and other indicators of river health with experts from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MT DEQ), we will understand more about the underlying factors that caused excess algae growth.