Harmful algae blooms poses threat to pets in Tri Cities
September 16, 2021
At least three dogs have fallen victim to toxic algae bloom on the Columbia River, just north of the Tri-Cities.
The first report was received by the Benton Franklin Health District on Monday, September 13, and by the end of the day, the health officials were looking into the death of two other dogs who were swimming near Leslie Groves and Howard Amon parks.
All three dogs are suspected to have been affected by Harmful Algae Bloom, or HABS, rapid growth of algae or cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can be harmful to people, animals, and the local ecology.
HABS can look like foam, scu...