Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Full bloom

39 N.Y. lakes and ponds have toxic blue-green algae

Blue-green algae seen in this 2014 file photo shut down the David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach on Oneida Lake in the town of Constantia.

NYUpstate.com

NYUpstate.com

Toxic algae blooms have appeared in the past week in 13 new locations in New York, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported last week. The list of lakes and ponds with confirmed or suspected blue-green algae includes Owasco Lake in Cayuga County, the source of the city of Auburn's drinking water. A total of 39 lakes have the algae, which can sicken people and kill pets. Check the weekly Harmful Algal Blooms Notifications Page list here.

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N.J. governor signs water quality legislation

TAPinto.net

New Jersey Gov. Christie signed legislation to improve the safety of the state's drinking water by holding public water systems accountable for making infrastructure improvements and inspections. Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s Water Quality Accountability Act will require all public water systems to establish a cybersecurity program and a plan for making infrastructure improvements and inspections.

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N.C. DEQ to deny GenX release permit request

WWAY Wilmington& WECT Wilmington

After meeting with local, state and federal officials, N.C. Gov. Cooper announced next steps that the state will take in the ongoing GenX investigation to protect the drinking water in North Carolina and to get answers for people in the Lower Cape Fear. Additionally, Cooper announced that DEQ will deny Chemours’ permit request to release GenX.

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