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A federal judge in Ohio has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take stronger action on Lake Erie's ongoing toxic algae problem. 

The vague warning jolted citizens in and around Salem, Oregon to attention on May 29.

"Civil Emergency in this area until 1128PM," read the text message alert. "Prepare for action."

It was a ham-handed message — one that left some wondering if an attack was imminent. In fact, the danger officials wanted to warn them about wasn't coming from the sky.

It was coming from their taps.

Runoff Regulations For Farm Fertilizers Delayed

Jul 19, 2018

A panel largely appointed by Republican Governor John Kasich has delayed immediate action on his executive order intensifying Ohio's efforts to fight toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.  

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers are forecasting a smaller algae bloom in the western Lake Erie basin this summer than last.