Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

Changing bay

Study: Climate change feeds Chesapeake algal blooms

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Phys.org

Nitrogen-rich agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay presents an ongoing environmental and economic concern for the bay's massive watershed. While efforts to restore the bay have been successful during the past several years, a study led by Princeton University researchers shows that weather patterns tied to climate change may nonetheless increase the severity of algal blooms by changing how soil nutrients leach into the watershed.

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Ga., Ala. governors seek truce in water wars

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal made another quiet visit to Alabama to try to negotiate a truce in water wars litigation. A public records request revealed that Deal met with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week for the latest round of negotiations in the decades-long battle over regional water rights. The long-running feud between Florida, Alabama and Georgia is nearing an Oct. 31 court date.

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Unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in our water

Washington Post

Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study. The chemicals — known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs — have been used for decades in a range of industrial and commercial products.

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