VIMS reports that water samples collected near the mouth of the York River on August 17 contained up to 200,000 algal cells per milliliter. 1,000 algal cells per milliliter is visible to the naked eye and considered dense enough to be called a bloom.
September 2, 2015
Ewwwww for algae blooms in the York River
Perhaps it is due to the lack of rain in the last few weeks, but the latest news from William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) about the York River and the one aerial photo I saw were troubling. It seems that the algae bloom there is one of the most intense and widespread in nearly ten years.