The Division of Water spoke with Isabel Escobar, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky, to gain a better understanding of algal blooms and what we can do to keep our waters and ourselves safe.
Scientists have long known that bush honeysuckle is an aggressive invasive species. However, they have only recently begun to understand the negative effect it has on aquatic ecosystems.
Most records that exist about the Hellbender’s whereabouts in Kentucky are from accidental captures by anglers or field biologists. When scientists conducted a statewide survey in 2011 to determine where these large salamanders live, very few were found.
But most biologists agree: Populations of this elusive amphibian are in danger.