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IJC says US, Canada fall short on protecting Great Lakes

November 28, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday.
Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff are still flowing into the five lakes that provide drinking water for about 40 million...

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Manure Farming – continues into late November 2017

November 28, 2017

Manure Farmers still at it – when it rains, it pours!  Heavy summer and fall rains and heavy winter snows often mean that those carefully-crafted Nutrient Management Plans go out the window, along with those abundantly-researched, tightly-controlled, optimal application methods.  Cows and pigs poop 24/7/365, manure cesspits and stockpiles fill up, and it all has to go somewhere.  That’s what...

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Algae plague raises doubts about voluntary runoff prevention

November 16, 2017

Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat—unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it.

Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded, nauseous. By the next morning he was too dizzy to stand, his overheated...

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Manure Farmers Dodge Rains to Clear Out Cesspits and Piles, 10.27.17 through 11.15.2017

November 15, 2017

Manure farmers all over Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana are emptying their cesspit lagoons and stockpiles, in a hurry to get that untreated livestock sewage out onto the fields in between heavy rains last week, today, and the heavy rain predicted for the rest of the week.  Lake Erie, get ready – some of this will be on its way to...

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Oregon (OH) City Council wants more action on Lake Erie – WTOL

November 15, 2017

OREGON, OH (WTOL) -

Oregon City Council is drawing a line in the sand.

They unanimously approved a resolution Monday, demanding more oversight of the manure runoff that's impacting our water.

Sandy Bihn said the clock has run out on improving the condition of Lake Erie.

“We can't expect the lake to get bluer, not greener every year," said Bihn.

Bihn is on Oregon...

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Toxic Algae Bloom on Lake Erie ties for 3rd worst, NOAA 2017 Analysis

November 9, 2017

NOAA Lake Erie Bulletin: 2017 Bloom Analysis

[caption id="attachment_2416" align="aligncenter" width="791"]Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin 7 November 2017, Bulletin 35, Seasonal Assessment Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin
7 November 2017, Bulletin 35, Seasonal Assessment[/caption]

The toxic algae that spread across Lake Erie this summer roughly matched its third-most severe...

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Stench Alert – October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017

Stench Alert – October 22, 2017

warner20171022AManure tanker parked behind Warner barn at Pentecost Hwy. at Reed Rd. after liquid manure application on 10.21.2017. Stench was noticeable two miles to the west last night.

warner20171022BSame application, different angle. First day of several to come...

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Stench Alert – October 21, 2017

October 22, 2017

Stench Alert – October 21, 2017

Hartland manure application, north side of Beecher east of Hughes, done on Oct. 20, 2017.  Wind is from the east today; you can smell the stench all the way to Posey Lake Highway.

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Stench Alert – October 20, 2017

October 21, 2017

Stench Alert – October 20, 2017

Follow the smelly trail … traces of liquid manure, south side of Lawrence Rd. east of Posey Lake Hwy.

Still on Lawrence Rd., ponded liquid manure, smell getting worse towards Posey Lake Hwy. Where is it coming from?

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Stench Alert – October 17, 2017

October 21, 2017

Stench Alert – October 17, 2017

Briskey dragline liquid manure application from dump box, Beecher Rd. just west of US 127.

Close-up, same application.  On October 21, 2017, they came back and made another dragline liquid manure operation on the same field.

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