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DianchiLakeAlgae

Expensive research and cleanup efforts make little headway.

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jerry-brown

New laws signed today address challenges highlighted in Jerry Brown’s first term – in the 1970s.

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Grass carp Aquatic Invasive species Asian carp Lake Erie U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Threat

Using invasive carp already present in Lake Erie, agencies practice response for more damaging species.

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©KSchneider_20140813-IMG_0154-1000

Attorneys and finance specialists collect tens of millions in fees.

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©BWalton_MariaJulian1cropped

Farmers are guzzling groundwater while wells of families run dry.

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Print

Lack of testing requirements inhibits more thorough review of drinking water safety.

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GWcanal1000

New rules seek sustainable use, but the details will be written later by local agencies.

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Where the Maumee River feeds into Lake Erie, the city of Toledo relies on the lake to supply drinking water for half a million residents in northern Ohio. Intense algal blooms, which can release toxins capable of causing severe liver damage, caused a neighboring Ohio community water treatment plant to shut down in September.

Explore options from stricter fertilizer regulations to funding water plant improvements.

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Capitol1000

The spending measure now goes to the voters in November.

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GWRS1000

Between $US 13 billion and $US 81 billion will be needed to meet state targets.

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RimFireSoil

Little rain is not a problem for land managers working in the aftermath of one of California’s largest fires.

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lakeeriebloom8314

Current targets not enough to stop algal toxins.

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lakeeriebloom8314

Toledo crisis prompts calls for action, purchases of testing equipment to safeguard public health.

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HABBulletin8414

Toxin is below detectable levels in region’s drinking water

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CircleofBlueStrazzante061

Algae toxins poison Lake Erie; 400,000 people without water.

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Print

Legal experts say process should provide certainty, not worry, for developers.

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GWcanal1000

The state will force local agencies to take control but allow them to set goals.

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DIVIDE_IN_CONCORD_1

Photo courtesy of Kris Kaczor / 750 Productions Jean Hill fought to pass the first bottled water ban in the United States in Concord, Massachusetts. Click image to enlarge. By Miles Beauchamp Circle of Blue Divide in Concord — a self-funded documentary about the battle to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in Concord, […]

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AcresofCrops

Click through the interactive spreadsheets to see how phosphorous loading in the Great Lakes region has changed in the last decade and how these trends relate to changes in cropping patterns since the 1950s and land use patterns since the 1980s.

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MaumeeSanduskyGraphic-web-1000

A breakdown of the different types of phosphorous in Ohio’s Maumee and Sandusky rivers that have led to algal blooms in Lake Erie since the 1970s.

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