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How to help the Creek

Keeping the creeks clean all around is very important to the community and sociecty. If you are a grower please monitor your usage of fertilizer and what kind of fertilizer you use if the property is located near the creek. Try to use creekwise gardening and…

What is a Creek?

A creek is surface water flowing within the bed and banks of a channel. The creek responds to surface and groundwater fluxes that modify it's flow and depth. Creeks are important conduits in the water cycle for groundwater recharge and corridors for fish or…

Harmful Algal Blooms

Visual signs of an algal bloom. When blooms are formed by toxin-producing bacteria (Cyanobacteria), it is generally referred as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). What should you do if you ever see HAB? Do not drink, Avoid exposure to your skin, Do not fish, Do not…

Creekkeeper

"Urbanization increases the variety and amount of pollutants carried into our nation's waters. In urban and suburban areas, much of the land surface is covered by buildings, pavement and compacted landscapes. These surfaces do not allow rain and snow melt to…

Dead Zones in the Gulf of Mexico

 Dead zones are destroying our waters. Nutrient pollution from fertilizer is the main cause. The nutrients produce wide spread algae blooms that eat up oxygen used by marine animals.

There are many examples of how the dead zones have similar effects of everyday rivers and creeks near us.

The first example is Algal Blooms.

Visual signs of an algal bloom.

When blooms are formed by toxin-producing bacteria (Cyanobacteria), it is generally referred as a harmful algal bloom (HAB).

What should you do if you ever see HAB?

Do not drink, Avoid exposure to your skin, Do not fish, Do not allow your pets to risk of exposure. >If exposed to this substance you must wash immediately with soap and fresh water.

How to reduce the occurance of algal blooms. Nutrients that cause algal blooms include phosphorus and nitrogen.  These nutrients can enter waterbodies through many natural and human sources.  Human activities including unmanaged land clearing, landscaping, farming, and motor vehicle use can contribute to increased nutrient levels.  Controlling man-made sources of nutrients can help prevent algal blooms.  The following can be implemented to help control nutrient impacts to waterbodies.