GILBERT, Ark. (AP) — About two dozen volunteers have recently completed an algal survey on a stretch of Arkansas waterway just weeks after federal officials issued warnings about it.
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"So many people care about the health and safety of the river," said Teresa Turk of the Ozark River Stewards, one of the organizers of the survey. "We feel that there is not enough being done to protect it, so it's time for citizens to step up.
The river's algae has been increasing in recent years and stumping scientists, said Jessie Green, executive director of the White River Waterkeeper nonprofit.
A second round of surveying is planned for the end of the month. The survey will be used to help create a baseline to help answer future questions about the river's algae, Green said.