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

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Toledo City Council wants Lake Erie declared impaired

October 19, 2017

Toledo City Council Tuesday approved a resolution urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the western basin of Lake Erie impaired — a move already made by other officials including the Lucas County Commissioners and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

Council voted 11-1 in favor of the resolution.

Councilman Peter Ujvagi, who sponsored the council resolution, said it is critical that government...

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State department settlement: over 66,000 Dead Fish –

October 11, 2017

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday it has completed its investigation into three separate cases of illegal manure-spreading that resulted in 66,701 fish and possibly other animals being killed in the Maumee River watershed in August.

The department is seeking a total of $32,782.87 in restitution, Matt Eiselstein, Ohio DNR spokesman, said.

The Ohio DNR’s investigation is apparently one of...

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Miles of Algae Covering Lake Erie – New York Times

October 3, 2017

A potentially harmful algae bloom covered more than 700 square miles in the western basin of Lake Erie last week, turning the lake bright green and alarming residents and local officials.

Scientists say that algae blooms have been a growing problem for Lake Erie since the 2000s, mostly because of the extensive use of fertilizer on the...

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Spread of Lake Erie algae raises alarm across region

September 28, 2017

Toledo — For nearly a week, the Maumee River that runs through the downtown has looked like the Chicago River after it’s dyed for St. Patrick’s Day.

An algal bloom has turned the river, western edge of Lake Erie from here up to Canada florescent green, alarming residents and prompting local officials to lobby the Environmental Protection Agency...

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Toledo mayor Mayor Hicks-Hudson now wants Lake Erie declared impaired

September 28, 2017

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson reversed course Tuesday and announced she would support the effort to get Lake Erie's western basin declared impaired because of excessive algae.

The mayor made the announcement in Middlegrounds Metropark on the banks of the Maumee River, which was a blend of dark and near-florescent green.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department issued a recreational public health advisory because...

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Opposition to hog farm is over more than just smell (Devil’s Lake) – AgWeek

September 5, 2017

In response to the editorial "Law-abiding livestock should be approved," it is clear that the writer could benefit from further education regarding the detrimental effects a hog operation can have on a community (particularly Devils Lake).

You say "critics who simply don't want to smell pig manure must accept that they live in an...

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Authorities investigate death of thousands of fish in Williams County, OH [W of Toledo]

August 24, 2017

WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio — Manure spread across more than 100 acres of farmland just before a major thunderstorm rolled in killed “close to 15,000” fish in eastern Williams...

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