Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Drug test

Study of Minn. lakes finds widespread contamination

Lake Kabetogama, one of three large lakes that make up Voyageurs National Park, was among the 11 lakes tested for pharmaceuticals and other chemicals.

Voyageurs Nat. Park

MPR News

A new study of Minnesota's lakes and rivers found widespread contamination by pharmaceuticals and other chemicals. Scientists with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sampled 11 lakes and four rivers for 125 different chemicals. The study found widespread contamination which points to the need for more research on how these chemicals might be affecting aquatic life.


Smaller toxic algae blooms predicted for Lake Erie

The Plain Dealer

Early forecasts are calling for a smaller-than-normal toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie this summer than those that defiled the lake in seven of the past eight years. Researchers at NOAA, which released the projection, said a relatively dry spring produced lower amounts of runoff from farms.


EPA awards more than $1.8M in GLRI grants


In an effort to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve water quality in Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, the EPA has announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grants totaling more than $1.8 million for 11 cities throughout the states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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