Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

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Colo. mine spill a stark reminder of issues facing Ohio

Rebecca Black, a water-quality specialist from the Monday Creek Restoration Project, tests water from an old mine on Feb. 15, 2006, in Murray City, Ohio. State data say 1,300 miles of streams or creeks have been polluted because of water from coal mines.

Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Dispatch

The recent images of Colorado’s Animas River have been jarring: An abandoned gold mine was breached, causing it to spew tainted water that has dyed the river yellow-orange. The issue of abandoned mines and their legacy of water pollution is not unique to Colorado. Abandoned mines across Ohio have been a problem for decades, and while some polluted waterways have been cleaned up, a lack of funding has made dealing with acid-mine drainage impossible in others.

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Near Madeline Island, fight looms over feedlot

Star Tribune

The vivid blue expanse of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin has always been largely immune to environmental threats from factory farms — until now. A proposal to build the first large-scale livestock facility in the Lake Superior watershed has triggered fierce reaction in the tiny towns along its southwest shore, where residents depend on the lake for drinking water.

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Researchers develop fast test for invasive carp

Science Daily

A field test that quickly determines whether Asian grass carp, a threat to the Great Lakes, are sterile or can reproduce has been developed by scientists. Several states in the region prohibit sale of fertile grass carp but they have been found in a river feeding into Lake Erie. Scientists worry that reproducing fish could destroy food supplies and habitat essential to native species in the Great Lakes.

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