Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Toxic turning point

Long Island reports record-breaking algal blooms

An algal bloom from Flanders Bay at a Stony Brook University lab. Algal blooms deplete oxygen from the water and lead to fish kills. Some also release toxins that are harmful to people and pets. (JORDAN BOWMAN / WSHU

WSHU

Newsday, Post and Courier & WHEC Rochester

A new study by the Clean Water Partnership finds that toxic algal blooms were discovered in every major bay and estuary across Long Island: 15 lakes and 20 beaches. This is the longest brown tide in Long Island’s recorded history, says Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University. To help Long Island deal with algae, Sen. Chuck Schumer will push the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act that could give the region funding help. Meanwhile, an Ohio State University study links algae blooms to liver cancer.

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N.C. testing how far GenX contaminant spread

AP & StarNews

Environmental officials are testing how far the chemical GenX has spread in groundwater in North Carolina. The testing comes after elevated levels of GenX were found in groundwater at Chemours' Fayetteville Works plant near the Cape Fear River, where Teflon was manufactured. Chemours also plans to independently test 97 nearby groundwater sites. As that testing gets underway, parents concerned about school drinking water are demanding alternative sources.

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New Chesapeake center director takes helm

Washington Post

University of Idaho Professor Peter Goodwin has spent much of his career engineering ways to restore salmon populations or analyzing water supply management in California. This week, that changes as he takes over the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, home to the Chesapeake Bay's preeminent research effort. He will replace Donald Boesch, who has led the center since 1990. The leadership transition comes as environmentalists hope that the bay has turned a corner in reversing decades of pollution and as funding cuts threaten that progress.

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