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Scavia (UM)- Nutrient pollution:Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms

August 1, 2017

Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be toxic and potentially fatal to aquatic life and people.

Eventually algae settle to the bottom...

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Hiding Info stalls action: Heidelberg, others knew Dissolved Phosphorus problem since 2002

July 30, 2017

On 6/28/17, Michigan's DEQ & MDARD employees expressed surprise about dissolved Phosphorus impacts & advocated for the need to "study" conservation practices for future years. More taxpayer funded "study halls" should be ended now. Current Ag practices are making the phosphorus problem in Lake Erie worse, or as the scientists stated: "unintended, cumulative, and converging impacts". Source control must start with enforcement & reduction of manure waste, and treatment...

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Green grows the algae bloom, and not enough is being done about it

July 28, 2017

Bridge Magazine, Center for Michigan, 7/28/17, Bill Richardson

Summertime for many of us who call the Great Lakes State home means enjoying our lakes, rivers, and parks as much as possible. However, for those enjoying summers on Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay, and numerous inland lakes and rivers across Michigan, that also now means encountering harmful, toxic algae blooms.

Every year now, Michiganders...

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Michigan’s plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie won’t get the job done (MEC)

July 14, 2017

Water protection groups submit comments on draft plan Jul 14, 2017, Michigan Environmental Council

The state of Michigan's plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie shows good intentions but lacks teeth to make sure we will actually see any significant improvement in the water quality of the lake. 

On Thursday the Michigan Environmental Council and eight water protection groups submitted extensive...

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Forecasters: Lake Erie algae bloom shaping up as big and possibly harmful

July 13, 2017

This year's bloom is predicted by NOAA to be much larger than average - just under the size of the 2014 bloom that left 500,000 without drinking water. (Detroit Free Press)

The forecast for western Lake Erie for later this summer into fall?: Green and mucky.

The algae blooms that have plagued the lake in recent years...

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Illegal Labor at Dairy Farms = Guilty Plea (Michigan)

July 11, 2017

RUTH, Mich. (AP) — A judge has accepted a guilty plea in an investigation of illegal labor at dairies in Michigan's Thumb region.

Madeline Burke pleaded guilty to hiring people without verifying that they were eligible to work in the U.S. The government says the workers were in the U.S. illegally.

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Fix Lake Erie’s algae problem – Detroit News, 7/6/17

July 6, 2017

Detroit News:Tom Zimnicki, Agriculture policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council

In recent remarks about Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem, the head of Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) sounded eerily similar to lobbyists for Big Tobacco when they sought to delay necessary action to address the dangers of smoking.

During a recent conference call with reporters, the...

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As Lake Erie algae season looms, Michigan punts on new farm rules

July 6, 2017

MLIVE.COM: LANSING, MI -- On the cusp of what's expected to be another sizable summer algae bloom in Lake Erie, the state of Michigan has released a plan for improving the lake that critics say doesn't do enough to reduce nutrient-laden runoff from farms.

The state calls the 23-page Domestic Action Plan for...

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Advocates assert Ohio Department of Agriculture lacks legal authority

June 16, 2017

Link to Senate Bill 141 (2002)

Toledo Blade, 6/7/2017
COLUMBUS — Toledo-based Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie this morning asserted the Ohio Department of Agriculture has lacked legal authority to issue or enforce permits for more than 200 of the state’s livestock facilities large enough to be classified as concentrated animal feeding operations, or...

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