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Surge in methane emissions from Agricultural Sources threatens climate

December 15, 2016

Growing role of Methane in Climate Change

Environmental Research Letters, 12/12/16 

Unlike CO2, atmospheric methane concentrations are rising faster than at any time in the past two decades and, since 2014, are now approaching the most greenhouse-gas-intensive scenarios. The reasons for this renewed growth are still unclear, primarily because of uncertainties in the global methane budget. New analysis suggests that...

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Dingell asks EPA to declare Lake Erie Impaired – Detroit Free Press 11/29/16

November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, (Michigan) and an Ohio colleague asked the head of the Environmental Protection Agency today to formally declare water quality in the western part of Lake Erie as impaired, a move that could help reduce pollutants flowing into it.

Dingell and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, sent the letter today to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,...

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Status Quo not Working for Lake Erie: Opinion, Toledo Blade

November 25, 2016

Opinion: Toledo Blade Mike Ferner

Re: Toledo Rotary Club Lake Erie Watershed Conference - 

Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, 11/15/16

"The vast majority of manure isn’t stored in neat “manure barns” or applied by horse-drawn wagon. It’s held in enormous, open cesspools, pumped into tanker trucks and spread in heavy, reeking torrents onto any agreeable land owner’s property — to the lasting detriment of rural life...

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Chesapeake Bay = Billions for Impaired Waters; Is Lake Erie Next, Toledo Blade

November 25, 2016

Billions for Chesapeake Bay Impaired Waters
Toledo Blade, Tom Henry

Pressure by federal officials six years ago to save the ailing Chesapeake Bay has prompted 11 federal agencies to invest $2.84 billion into that ecosystem, including $515 million last year and $487 million this year.

That effort has generated some mind-bending dollar signs. 

But many people remain confused over what parallels exist...

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Faithful? Siena Heights speaker: Protecting our Common Home

November 16, 2016

Moral Responsibility to Protect our Common Home
Wed 11/16/16, 7 PM

Dr. Tony Annett, Rueckert Auditorium
Siena Heights, Adrian, MI 
Annett’s topic will be “Laudato Si’ and the Moral Responsibility to Protect our Common Home.” As the Climate Change and Sustainable Development advisor at Columbia University, Annett is an economist...

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MDEQ Declares Lake Erie Impaired Designation

November 10, 2016

Algal blooms prompt Lake Erie ‘impaired’ designation - Detroit News

Detroit News, 11/10/2016 -  The state of Michigan is designating its section of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of damage to fish and other wildlife caused by harmful algal blooms, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The declaration affects only the section of the lake under Michigan’s jurisdiction, which...

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AgriNews report: Around 40% of farms contributing 80% of Phosphorus to Lake Erie 11/7/16

November 10, 2016

The 80/40 Rule- 

40% of Farmland source of 80% of Phosphorus in Lake Erie 

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The algae bloom in parts of Lake Erie this summer didn’t come close to matching the record-breaking one from a year ago that covered an area roughly the size of New York City.

That’s because the spring and early summer months this year lacked the rainfall that...

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Manure Dumping: Waste as a political weapon, Lebanon, OH

November 8, 2016

Dumping of Manure Waste in Ohio 


Washington Post, AP: For those who think this election season can’t get crappier, we bring you to Warren County, Ohio, where a large truckload of manure was dumped in front of Warren County Democratic Party headquarters in Lebanon, about 35 miles northeast of Cincinnati. (on Saturday, October 29. 2016)

A sheriff’s deputy was the first to notice...

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Tracking Phosphorus signatures: Tie to upstream sources (OSU)

November 1, 2016

Early Stage Research

COLUMBUS (OHIO) Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating new techniques to detect organic phosphorus compounds in water samples from the Lake Erie watershed. Their goal is to develop unique phosphorus signatures that can provide a clue to the origin of phosphorus found fueling harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Dr. Paula Mouser, assistant professor...

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Curb Lake Erie Algae? Target Hotspots (AP: 10/31/2016)

November 1, 2016

The algae bloom in parts of Lake Erie this summer didn't come close to matching the record-breaking one from a year ago that covered an area roughly the size of New York City.

That's because the spring and early summer months this year lacked the rainfall that has in recent years swept huge amounts phosphorus-filled farm...

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