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Scavia (UM)- Nutrient pollution:Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms

August 1, 2017

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...

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Hiding Info stalls action: Heidelberg, others knew Dissolved Phosphorus problem since 2002

July 30, 2017

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...

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Large feedlot hit with $50,000 fine for manure pollution (drinking water)

July 28, 2017

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...

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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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