Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

A toxic turn

Senator calls for emergency funds to fight deadly algae

A blue-green algae bloom spreads over Owasco Lake on Monday, Sept. 18. (Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program)


NewYorkUpstate.com & National Geographic

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, alarmed by the reappearance of toxic algae in Skaneateles Lake, urged House members to quickly pass a bill that would provide $110 million in emergency funding to fight a growing problem in Upstate New York. The problem of toxic algae was particularly noticeable in New York this summer, with deadly blooms showing up in more than 60 bodies of water, often fanned by rising temperatures. A recent count, however, offers hope that the numbers are leveling off.


Move to save oysters as Chesapeake threat grows

Delmarvanow.com & Baltimore Sun

Two of the Eastern Shore of Maryland's biggest rivers are among the top candidates for the next phase of an oyster restoration project. The Manokin and Nanticoke rivers may become the fourth and fifth Chesapeake Bay tributaries to undergo restoration of their oyster reefs. The news comes as growing acidification of the Chesapeake Bay threatens crabs, oysters and other ocean life.


Boston marks historic U.S.-Mexico water pact

Water Deeply & Market Insider

A newly signed pact between Mexico and the United States is believed to be the first time that two nations have agreed to allocate part of a shared water resource to the environment. Farmers and cities in both countries will reap benefits from Minute 323, an update to an existing agreement that seeks to sustainably manage the overburdened Colorado River basin. Boston will celebrate this unique Mexico water connection with a special exhibition, "Because Of Water / A Causa Del Agua," which opens Wednesday.