Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fingers crossed

First forecast for Lake Erie algae is cautiously optimistic

Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Dispatch

The first official forecast for 2017's harmful algal bloom season is tentatively optimistic. The amount of phosphorous in Lake Erie’s western basin is about the same as last year’s levels, barring unexpected extreme rainfall in the coming weeks. “If we go on as typical, we will be a little worse than last year,” said Rick Stumpf, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer. “That’s the best-case scenario for this year: to match last year.”

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Researchers weigh in on Flint bacteria battle

MLive.com

Researchers say Flint residents can cut down on bacteria in their water by running faucets longer than times recommended by filter manufacturers but haven't concluded there's a bacteria problem here. A research team led by the University of Michigan and Wayne State University is suggesting that people concerned about bacteria should follow a new regiment when they draw water.

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Minnesota governor urged to delay buffer law

Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Eighteen Minnesota farm and agricultural organizations and several local government officials representing rural counties signed onto a joint letter to Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders urgently requesting they make needed modifications to the water buffer law and delay its implementation date to give local governments and farmers enough time to comply.

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