In just over two weeks, there have been more than 1,000 blooms in 11 states across the country, according to a count by the National Weather Service.
In Colorado, for example, the number of blooms is up by more than 30% from a year ago, and in Virginia, up almost 80%.
California has seen its total bloom season increase by nearly 60% from 2015 to 2018, and the number in California has nearly doubled since last year.
Colorado saw more than 400,000 gallons of water released into the air during the year.
In Washington, more than 3.5 million gallons were released into waterways during the bloom season.
In Florida, the state has more than 11,000 bloom events, and more than 60% of the state’s total bloom events have occurred in just the past week.
In New York, the average bloom in the state last year was less than half the average this year, and this year there have already been more blooms than last year, the Associated Press reported.
Florida was among the first states to officially declare a state of emergency following the April 4 wildfires, but it hasn’t been the only state to see a surge in blooms.
A few other states that have seen increases in bloom include Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
Other states that were in the news this week include:Alabama was the first state to officially request that its state water department stop releasing water into the environment.
In Michigan, the governor said the state is preparing to stop releasing the water to protect the health of the environment, according the Associated News.
In Tennessee, Gov.
Bill Haslam said the governor is not looking at the water being released as a problem, according The Tennessean.
Tennessee has the largest concentration of bloom events in the country at more than 14,000.
In California, more people have been affected by the blooms, according KSL News in California.
In Illinois, more residents in the city of Evanston have received notices from their water department, according WGN-TV.
In Virginia, the Department of Environmental Quality announced a statewide ban on the use of plastic bottles in residential waste disposal.
In Iowa, Gov, Terry Branstad, said the Department is preparing for more severe weather in the coming weeks and urged residents to limit their use of disposable plastic water bottles and plastic containers.