Green Algae in White River Near Meeker Prompts Concerns

A growing, green eyesore in parts of the White River near Meeker has caught the attention of local landowners, anglers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Over the last two years, a significant increase in the amount of algae in the river has local residents and agency officials exploring several possibilities that may be causing the bloom.

To answer the public’s questions, discuss possible solutions and address overall water quality concerns, CPW will hold a public meeting, April 4, 1 p.m. at the White River Electric Association, 1407 Market Street, in Meeker.

“In some cases, a rapid growth of algae can be caused by a sudden nutrient imbalance,” said Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie. “Typically, the algae itself is not a cause for concern, but what may be contributing to algae growth at the rate we are currently seeing in the river is something we need to address.”

In addition to local agency personnel, CPW water quality experts Mindi May and Troy Bauder, in addition to Joe Brummer, water quality expert with Colorado State University, will be available to answer questions and provide information.

“This is an opportunity to have a constructive discussion about the health of the White River, which is a very important natural resource for local citizens,” said de Vergie. “We’d all like to learn more about what is causing the algae to increase, and we need the public to work with us to find the solution.”

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

What: Public meeting to discuss White River algae

When: Tuesday, April 4, 1 p.m.

Where: Kilowatt Corner – White River Electric Association, 1407 Market Street, Meeker

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