Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Room for improvement

Efforts to reduce Lake Erie pollution called 'lackluster'

GreatLakes.org

News Herald

The effort to reduce phosphorus pollution from agricultural and other sources of runoff into Lake Erie has been “lackluster,” according to a new assessment report by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. According to the report, which performed a cross-jurisdictional assessment of the western Lake Erie phosphorus reduction policies in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, each are lacking in terms of a comprehensive approach needed to address harmful algal blooms.

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State says Flint water didn’t affect birth outcomes

Detroit News

A Michigan health department analysis on birth outcomes in Flint found “no significant differences” before and after the city switched its water source — contrary to a study released last month by researchers in Kansas and West Virginia. The state report said the risk of stillbirth, preterm birth and low birthweight in Flint was consistently higher when compared to other Michigan cities.

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Draft list: 2,669 troubled bodies of water in Minn.

Minnesota Public Radio

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is proposing to add more lakes and streams to the state's list of impaired waters. As the MPCA continues testing water bodies across the state, more are being added to the list due to water quality problems such as excess nutrients, mercury, salt and bacteria. About 40 percent of Minnesota's lakes, rivers and streams do not meet water quality standards.

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