Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Algae battle

House passes bill to fight toxic blooms in Great Lakes

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a bill that orders the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act on toxic algae problems that have polluted drinking water taken from Lake Erie. HARAZ N. GHANBARI

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Northeast Ohio Media Group

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that orders the EPA to fight the algal blooms that tainted drinking water from Lake Erie last summer. The bill gives the EPA 90 days to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress to assess and manage the risks from algal toxins in drinking water.

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Isolated wetlands make impact on water quality

Indiana University

Geographically isolated wetlands play an outsized role in providing clean water and other environmental benefits even though they may lack the regulatory protections of other wetlands, according to an article by Indiana University researchers and colleagues.

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Michigan lawmakers pursue microbead ban

MLive.com

Michigan lawmakers are taking another stab at banning the sale of products that contain microbeads which environmental groups and university researchers say are polluting the Great Lakes. The legislation was reintroduced after failing to pass during last session.

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