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It’s Pigs versus Pure Michigan – a Few Miles from Lake Michigan

January 23, 2018

Great Lakes Now 1/22/2018

The push and pull between Michigan’s growing agriculture industry and the need to protect drinking water, beach recreation and tourism continues to play out, evidenced by a request to establish a factory pig farm a few miles from Lake Michigan. 

The proposed Marsh Swine farm near Montague, Michigan would house 4,000 pigs in a facility...

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Federal EPA reverses course on ‘voluntary’ algae reduction plan – Toledo Blade

January 17, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed itself on the western Lake Erie impairment issue, admitting it was wrong to approve a Kasich administration plan that relied on voluntary action to reduce algae-inducing runoff.

The federal agency said in a Jan. 12 letter to Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler it has reevaluated Ohio’s Oct. 20, 2016, submission, which did not recommend an impairment...

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January 17, 2018

See end of Press release for US EPA & Plaintiff documents
Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie
January 17, 2018                 
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Mr. Kasich: Are you listening about Lake Erie? (Toledo Blade)

December 4, 2017

The International Joint Commission, the federal agency that represents the State Department in discussions with Canada, has called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to push for Lake Erie to be declared impaired, saying that volunteer incentives for farmers are not working.

The agency has no power over state decisions, but they become another voice calling for impairment status. Mr. Kasich, are...

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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 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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