Kentucky, West Virginia partners to study toxic algae blooms

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Researchers from Marshall University, Murray State University and the University of Kentucky are teaming up to study toxic algae blooms.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.8 million grant that will use sensors to monitor water chemistry, weather conditions and other factors. Murray State says in a news release that the four-year grant went to the university’s Hancock Biological Station. The grant will be used to train students and faculty.

Marshall says in a statement the grant will address both states’ needs to develop models that can better explain and forecast conditions leading to toxic algae blooms.

Marshall assistant engineering professor William Ford says the blooms have been identified as a water quality threat in Kentucky and West Virginia.