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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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Couple Halts plans for Dream Home amid uncertainty of spill

July 12, 2017

EMERALD, Wis. — After more than 20 years of living on their grassy acreage tucked between farms, Chad and Mary Enerson were mortgage-free and the dream of replacing their century-old farmhouse was in sight.

Their prospective house overlooked a pond pulsing with chirps and croaks, engulfed in a continuous buzz from the wildlife that gather at dusk.

The...

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Manure Spill Kills fish in creek near Freedom (WI)

July 12, 2017

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WLUK, FOX News) -- A manure spill killed a high percentage of the fish in a section of creek near Freedom, the state Department of Natural Resources says. DNR officials say the manure spilled from Neighborhood Dairy into a mile-and-a-half-long stretch of Dutchman Creek. The spill apparently resulted from a valve malfunction, causing manure from a full manure pit...

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Indian Lake fish kill could number in the thousands, official says (WI)

July 9, 2017

Wisconsin State Journal, July 5, 2017, Bill Novak

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating a large fish kill on Indian Lake in western Dane County, caused by low oxygen levels due to blue-green algae and a lake weed die-off.

Thousands of fish of all species — including northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegills, carp and bullheads...

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Lake quality deserves attention – Lake Mendota, WI

July 9, 2017

Waunakee Tribune, July 7, 2017  Roberta Baumann

A recent Wisconsin State Journal article on the health of Lake Mendota should sound an alarm for state and local officials.

Despite all of the money and effort invested to keep nutrients out of the lake, including constructing manure digesters and changing farming practices, scientists at the UW-Madison were surprised in mid-June by...

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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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Radio Interview: Animal Waste in the Great Lakes: CBC News

June 10, 2017

Animal Waste in the Great Lakes

Radio Interview: Windsor Morning, CBC News 97.5 FM
Windsor, Canada

One of the larger challenges in running a livestock farm is dealing with waste from the animals. Tony Doucette spoke with Pam Taylor, whose family has farmed land in Lenawee County, Michigan since 1837.

Radio Interview at link. (9:35...

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