Tuesday, July 28, 2015

'Dead zone' plan

Illinois aims to cut flow of nutrients to Gulf of Mexico

Illinois EPA

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Illinois might be hundreds of miles from the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s a key contributor to the “dead zone,” a section of water the size of Connecticut devoid of oxygen that forms every summer. The culprit is millions of pounds of nutrients from farm fields, city streets and wastewater treatment plants entering the Gulf each year through the Mississippi River system. Now the state of Illinois has released a plan to keep those nutrients out of the water.

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Megafarms spur water debate in Wisconsin

Green Bay Press-Gazette

A Wisconsin dairy's plan to expand into a large-scale farming operation has thrust it into an intensifying fight over the environmental impact of large farms on the state's water quality. Two federal agencies have recently stepped in, establishing Kewaunee County as a sort of ground zero for nationwide debate over large farms.

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Michigan reps introduce algae bloom legislation

Michigan Radio

Two U.S. representatives from Michigan announced that they plan to introduce legislation that would reduce pollution that causes harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act, authored by Republican U.S. Rep. Candice Miller of Shelby Township and Tim Walberg of Tipton, would reward farmers for voluntarily taking conservation measures.

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