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Property values fall, as do fishing license sales, two studies find - first ever (OSU)
COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a new study, researchers at The Ohio State University estimate algal blooms at two Ohio lakes cost Ohio homeowners $152 million in lost property value over six years.
Meanwhile, a related study suggests that algae is driving anglers away from Lake Erie, causing fishing license...Read More
At its June 26 meeting, the Minnehaha County Planning Commission unanimously approved a zoning revision which essentially endorses CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations. Public input is needed at a hearing scheduled for August 8 to make the County Commission aware that the revised ordinance will expose more South Dakotans, both urban and rural and both meat eater and...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s Justice Department last month quietly agreed to a $50,000 fine for a large feedlot that polluted drinking water and streams in 2014 and 2015. Stahl Brothers Dairy is in Kewaunee County, where more than 30 percent of tested drinking water wells have been found tainted by hazardous bacteria, most of it from the large...Read More
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...Read More
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.