Harmful algae called ‘Heterosigma akashiwo’ spreading across San Francisco Bay, turning water brown
Looking out across the San Francisco Bay, you might notice it’s looking a little murky. Experts say the reason is a potentially harmful algae bloom that’s spreading in waters throughout the Bay Area. It’s called Heterosigma akashiwo and it’s what’s currently causing the water in the bay to look so dirty and brown. … Scientists at San Francisco Baykeeper, including [Ian] Wren and field investigator Aundi Mevoli, are studying the algae closely. They’ve been taking water samples from different parts of the bay and sending them to a lab in Richmond to be analyzed. He said they have seen the algae around San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley and Richmond. It’s also been reported in other areas, including Lake Merritt.