Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Drug problem

Study: Antidepressants are poisoning Great Lakes fish

Antidepressants and their breakdown products have a demonstrated ability to harm fish by inducing physiological and behavioral changes.

USFWS

MinnPost.com

New research suggests that Great Lakes fish are consuming and concentrating pharmaceutical pollution — especially antidepressants — in amounts considerably higher than previous studies have indicated. Because these compounds have a demonstrated ability to harm fish by inducing physiological and behavioral changes, the lead scientist on the project says, the results demonstrate “a threat to biodiversity, and we should be very concerned.”

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Ohio releases plan to reduce nutrients in Lake Erie

Ohio Lake Erie Commission

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have released a draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. The commission will host public meetings today and Wednesday, to provide information about the draft plan.

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Wisconsin assistant AG tapped for EPA water role

Wisconsin State Journal

David P. Ross, a Wisconsin assistant attorney general, has been nominated for a role within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Currently acting as the director for the Wisconsin Department of Justice's environmental protection unit, Ross has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become an assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Water.

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