Whitman County Public Health Wins Federal Prize To Help Fund Algae Bloom Response

Whitman County Public Health has won a challenge prize from the federal government to help fund the response to algae blooms on the Lower Snake River.

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency recently awarded a quarter million dollars in cash to winners of its Small Communities Big Challenges Competition.  The program for rural areas tries to address important public health needs.  Whitman County Public Health won a 27,500 dollar award for its algae bloom response.  In recent summers the bloom has degraded the water quality in the river prompted the local agency to issue health alerts.