Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Long haul

Summit finds no easy solutions to Green Bay dead zone

Grad student Chris Groff (left) and doctoral student Shelby LaBuhn examine a probe retrieved from underwater while aboard the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences's R/V Neeskay last August on Green Bay. Scientists were studying the factors that influence water quality in the bay, including oxygen levels. A longer-lasting dead zone is predicted in the bay this summer. MARK HOFFMAN

Journal Sentinel

Journal Sentinel

The tide of nutrients from tributaries will help create the latest, and most likely, longest-lasting dead zone in Green Bay this summer. Last week U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble convened a "phosphorus summit" to highlight the problem and review potential solutions. If there was any agreement, it was this: The problem took decades to create and it won't be solved anytime soon.

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U-M wants to recycle pee for use as food fertilizer

MLive.com

The University of Michigan wants to harvest your pee. The urine will be part of a research project to investigate whether disinfected urine samples could be safely recycled and used to fertilize crops for human consumption. The school is working with four other institutions in the first large-scale pilot project of its kind in the U.S.

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Tapping into mine water for geothermal energy

Michigan Technological University

Abandoned and choked with water, old mining tunnels are often viewed as a dangerous legacy. But the water in these mines could actually be a major geothermal resource. Michigan Technological University has created the first comprehensive guidebook communities can use to explore tapping into this resource.

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