Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Tough times on Lake Erie

Climate change and fertilizer runoff spell bad news

Eden Rogers, 13, uses a stick to try and scoop algae off the shoreline of lake Erie near Oregon, Ohio on August 3, 2014.  TY WRIGHT

Washington Post


It’s been a rough four years for Lake Erie. In 2011, there was a record-setting algae bloom. In 2012, the lake experienced its largest ever “dead zone.” Then in 2014 a toxic algal bloom forced Toledo, Ohio, to shut off its water. A recently published study found that these events weren’t bad luck. They were a result of weather patterns altered by climate change.


Testing for invasive carp yields upbeat results

Pioneer Press

A first-of-its-kind study in southeast Minnesota to track the spread of invasive Asian carp has found minimal presence of the fish in the Mississippi River, though fears continue to grow that the fish will create problems along the waterway in the near future. The findings came from the results of an environmental DNA study.


Mussels put Illinois water quality to the test

The Daily Journal

Moline, Ill., is experimenting with an early warning system that could prevent drinking water contamination, and its unlikely partner is a mussel common to Midwest waters. The mussels change their behavior if they encounter something in the water they don't like.

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