Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017

Early warning

Researchers develop algae bloom detection system



Associated Press

Satellites in space and a robot under Lake Erie's surface are part of a network of scientific tools trying to keep algae toxins out of Great Lakes drinking water supplies. It's one of the most wide-ranging freshwater monitoring systems in the U.S., researchers say, and some of its pieces soon will be watching for harmful algae nationwide. The system will cast a wider net at a time when many states can't afford to monitor every lake threatened by harmful algae.


'Missing lead' confirms cause of Flint water crisis


A study of lead service lines in Flint's damaged drinking water system reveals a Swiss cheese pattern in the pipes' interior crust, with holes where the lead used to be. The findings — led by researchers at the University of Michigan — support the generally accepted understanding that lead leached into the system because that water wasn't treated to prevent corrosion.


Annual report: Minn. water supplies in good shape

Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota’s public drinking water supplies are generally in good shape, according to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Health, but the state must be prepared to deal with issues that have threatened drinking water in other states. The report emphasizes that Minnesota must remain vigilant to maintain an adequate supply of safe drinking water.