Posts tagged: swimming
FISHERIES — In an effort to improve the kokanee fishery in Dworshak Reservoir, the U.S. Corps of Engineers and Idaho Fish and Game are experiementing with “fertilizing” the waters.
This is a popular idea with some people, but not by others, including those who've filed a lawsuit claiming the nutrient supplementing has caused algae blooms.
The Columbia Basin Bulletin had an interesting dialogue on the issue. Click here to see two sides to a report the CBC had the previous week.
LAKES — Public health officials issue warnings this time of year to be wary about the color of the water we enjoy for recreation.
Algae, the microscopic organisms that grow naturally in the ocean and fresh water, are generally harmless.
But one kind, called cyanobacteria or blue-green algae, can produce toxins capable of causing illness in people and animals, including dogs.
People can be exposed in several ways — through contact while wading or playing in the water, swallowing affected water when swimming, or inhaling water droplets during activities like water-skiing.
Read on for details from an Associated Press report.
BOATING — A divided King County Council has passed a measure to require all swimmers, floaters and boaters on the county’s rivers to wear life vests.
Spokane County already has a similar law that reads:
All persons regardless of age shall wear a personal flotation device while on moving water.
King County's new law will take effect 10 days after the county executive signs it.
Council opponents called it an intrusive move by “big government.” In the words of Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — who voted ‘no’ — “This council sometimes thinks it’s everybody’s Mom.”
Supporters say it will help save lives.
First-time offenders will get a warning; a second violation will mean an $86 fine.