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Fly Fishers, Sierra Club Ask NY to Crack Down on Dairy Farms

April 3, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) — Cows, whose methane-emitting flatulence has been cited as a culprit in global warming, now are being blamed (court filing at link), along with New York’s State Department of Environmental Conservation, for contaminating the state’s water supply with manure.

Riverkeeper and four other groups, including fly fishers and the Sierra Club, sued the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation...

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‘We have to speak up’: Local officials share water worries – Lorain, OH

March 24, 2017

LORAIN — Local officials met Wednesday with the Ohio Environmental Council to raise awareness about the dangers of algal blooms in conjunction with World Water Day.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the blooms, which are fed by fertilizer and chemicals ending up in Lake Erie after heavy rainfall, had adverse effects on the city of Toledo...

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Drainage tiles pollute Finger Lake: North of Ithaca, NY

March 4, 2017

The Citizen, Auburn, NY (

More information has come out around manure spills in both the Cayuga and Owasco Lake watersheds last week.Cayuga County Legislature Chairman Keith Batman said Sunnyside Farms, owned by Greg and Neil Rejman, has a reputation for not only being one of the best farms in the area, but in the state. "If there's...

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Manure on fields = Don’t Consume H2O in Cayuga Lake area

February 20, 2017

Officials investigating manure spill's impact on Cayuga Lake (NY) 2/20/2017

As a result of a structural issue with a satellite manure storage lagoon at Sunnyside Farm, emergency applications of manure were made to fields beginning Thursday, February 16th. Rapidly warming temperatures resulted in increased snowmelt that is now causing runoff of manure from several fields to enter Salmon Creek. A portion...

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Best Practice: No application of Manure waste if nothing growing.

February 17, 2017

Ohio State University's Extension office & Ohio's Department of Agriculture reminded farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin of Best Practices and Ohio law on February 15, 2017

"In the western Lake Erie basin watershed, the application of manure to frozen and snow covered soils require there to be a growing crop in the field. This could be a...

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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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