Tuesday, June 2, 2015

$60B blue economy

Report: Water is on par with auto industry in Michigan

Mackinac Island, seen from the top of the island in May of 2015, has stunning views of over the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the Lower and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  TANYA MOUTZALIAS

MLive.com

MLive.com

As politicians and businesses leaders gathered on Mackinac Island for the Mackinac Policy Conference, a new report showed the surrounding waters powered $60 billion worth of economic activity in Michigan. The size of the blue economy is comparable to the auto industry if you include water placemaking and economic development, water innovation, water-related businesses and services and water research through major universities.

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Minn. farmers face stiff fines for illegal pumping

MPR News

Hoping to protect Minnesota's groundwater supplies amid an irrigation boom, state officials this season will have new power to levy heavy fines on farmers pumping water illegally. Last year, the Legislature authorized the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to fine violators as much as $20,000 without having to go to court. The agency begins enforcement this month.

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App will show level of algae in water

Columbus Dispatch

The same technology that allows you to consult your phone to figure out when a big storm is moving in could soon help you decide the best places to fish and swim. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using satellite technology for an app it’s developing that’s aimed at helping both water-quality managers and, eventually, the public, determine the level of toxic algae in their water sources.

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