Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Urban threat

Study: Twin Cities pets, lawns polluting Mississippi River

A new study gives the first comprehensive look at the sources of nitrogen and phosphorus in the Twin Cities watershed and how quickly the nutrients move across the land, ending up in the Mississippi River. EVAN FROST

MPR News

MPR News

A new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that household fertilizer and pet waste are the major sources of nutrients polluting Twin Cities lakes, streams and rivers. The study was the first comprehensive look at the sources of nitrogen and phosphorus in the Twin Cities watershed and how quickly the nutrients move across the land, ending up in the Mississippi River. The study focused on seven sub-watersheds in the St. Paul area.

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Kildee renews push to overhaul EPA's lead rule

MLive.com

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee has re-introduced legislation that would require the U.S. EPA to update the Lead and Copper Rule within nine months and to lower the threshold for lead in water. Kildee's legislation would lower the action level for lead in water to 5 parts per billion by 2026 and change water testing and lead service line requirements for water systems.

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'Hackathon' aims to clean up Lake Erie

WBFO Buffalo

Technology is taking on the challenge of improving Great Lakes water quality. Erie Hack is a months-long "hackathon" competition focused on finding solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest problems, including toxic algae blooms that can contaminate drinking water. The grand prize is $40,000 in cash and thousands of dollars’ worth of business consulting services.

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