An unusually large bloom of toxic blue-green algae has prompted the closure of all beaches along the Mississippi coastline in the United States. Officials are attributing the bloom to excessive rainfall and overuse of fertilisers.
My boyfriend and I are paddling all 4107km of the Mississippi River in a pair of kayaks. And the near-constant rain is creating some serious flooding. That makes the paddling difficult and dangerous, sure, but there’s other hazards too.