Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nitrogen's toll

Fertilizer's impact on water costs Minnesota millions

Foreman Chris Voeltz held equipment used in the reverse osmosis process at a water treatment plant in St. Peter, Minn. RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER

Star Tribune

Star Tribune

Officials in Randall, Minn., visited every household in town last month, warning families about exceedingly high nitrate levels in their water supply. The town's water emergency is the latest sign of an environmental problem in Minnesota. Nitrogen fertilizer is leaching into groundwater from farm fields, contaminating wells and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

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Two new efforts target Lake Erie algal blooms

Toledo Blade

Two new efforts to fight harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie were announced last week. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur and two other Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to appoint a coordinator to deal with harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes.

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Wyoming, Minn., sues makers of 'flushable' wipes

Star Tribune

The city of Wyoming, Minn., is suing six makers of wet wipes, arguing that so-called “flushable” wipes are clogging plumbing networks and costing the city big money. The lawsuit might be the first seeking class-action status on behalf of cities grappling with the disposable cloths that officials say are plugging pipes and pumps.

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