Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Early detection

Algae sensors, buoys will measure Lake Erie toxicity

Chris Winslow, associate director of OSU’s Stone Laboratory, stands next to a high-tech buoy the lab expects to deploy this fall after getting authorization from the Coast Guard.

Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

While much of the focus since last August’s Toledo water crisis has been on finding ways to reduce agricultural runoff, more immediate measures are being deployed to give Lake Erie treatment plant operators a better chance against algal toxins this summer. Several new algae-detection sensors and buoys will give real-time data on water-quality factors, such as dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity.

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EPA chief lauds Twin Cities' water solutions

Star Tribune

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy came to St. Paul last week to tout how the Twin Cities area is managing its water supply, pointing to strong state and local support for clean water. The visit was part of a multistate tour in which McCarthy is rallying support for a new federal proposal detailing how agencies should protect their rivers and wetlands.

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Report: Michigan economy rides high on water

Michigan Radio

In Michigan, at least one in five jobs is tied to water according to the Michigan Blue Economy report. Transportation, ports, and shipping contribute more than 65,000 jobs and $3 billion to the economy each year and the economic impact will likely grow as more communities try to improve and better use their waterfronts..

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