Coming into contact with the blue-green algae may cause adverse health effects.
With toxic algae blooms closing beaches in Florida, the project is no longer just a local concern for the group.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says the species can be linked to some negative health effects.
State environmental officials began testing water in state parks and recreation areas Monday for high algae levels.
Currently, algae can do no more than inch IU forward in its long path toward eliminating its carbon emissions.