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Toxic Algae

In Florida, the Army Corps of Engineers is working to combat a growing environmental menace: blue-green algae. Nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from farms and subdivisions combines with warm summer weather to create massive blooms of algae in rivers and lakes that can be toxic.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers are warning another large toxic algae bloom will spread across western Lake Erie later this summer. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says heavy rains this spring make it more likely western Lake Erie will see another significant algae bloom later this year. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced plans to increase funding to fight algae growth in Lake Erie in his upcoming state budget proposal. 

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Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit pushing for more action to prevent toxic algae blooms in the western Lake Erie basin each summer.  

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A state panel is again delaying Ohio Governor John Kasich's plan to reduce the farm fertilizer runoff feeding Lake Erie's toxic algae blooms. 

Lake Erie's algae bloom season is over for the year - and it wasn't as bad as scientists had expected. 

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has now spoken publicly about why he fired the Ohio Department of Agriculture director. 

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has fired state agriculture director Dave Daniels in a dispute over toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. 

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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Farmers are criticizing Ohio Governor John Kasich’s executive order to implement tougher regulations on farm fertilizer runoff.

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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. 

A new Ohio EPA report finds the phosphorous and nitrogen feeding Lake Erie's toxic algae blooms have not clearly decreased over the past five years, despite recent voluntary efforts to reduce agriculture runoff and other sources.

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. EPA to get to work on stopping the growth of  future algae blooms in Lake Erie.  

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed the 2.6 billion dollar capital budget bill, which covers state spending on infrastructure, colleges and universities, and community projects for the coming two years. 

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The Ohio Environmental Protection said this week that for the first time it's declaring western Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae that has fouled drinking water in recent years. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it should not have approved Ohio's recommendation to not declare the western Lake Erie basin impaired by toxic algae. 

A new threat to New England's shellfish industry seems to be establishing itself more firmly, and regulators are trying to stay ahead of potentially deadly blooms of toxic algae that may be driven by climate change.

Thirty years ago, four people died from amnesic shellfish poisoning after eating cultured mussels from Canada's Price Edward Island. The mussels contained domoic acid, a neurotoxin produced by a class of algae called pseudo-nitzschia. The toxin turned up in PEI mussels the next year, but for decades after that wasn't heard from again on the Eastern Seaboard.

The State of Ohio has issued an updated plan to sharply reduce the phosphorous that feeds algae blooms in Lake Erie, but some environmental groups say it lacks direction about what to do next.

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An Associated Press investigation finds toxic algae blooms have become a serious hazard in all 50 states, making people sick, killing animals and harming the economy.

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Toxic algae on Lake Erie remains a nonfactor for Toledo's drinking water supply. 

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The City of Toledo has changed its water quality rating from "clear" to "watch" after algae toxins were detected in water drawn from Lake Erie at the city's intake crib.

Environmental groups have filed another lawsuit against the U.S. EPA over its decision not to declare the western Lake Erie basin impaired by toxic algae.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed into law legislation consolidating oversight of the work being done to reduce the phosphorous feeding harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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Environmental regulators who pledged to drastically cut what's feeding the toxic algae in Lake Erie will consolidate state oversight of the work to help make sure money is well spent and research isn't overlapping.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has posted warning signs at two Buckeye Lake beaches because of high toxic algae levels.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has posted warning signs at Buckeye Lake boat ramps after tests conducted last week show high levels of algae toxins in the water.

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Help is now available for farmers who need a hand cutting down on nutrients that run off of their land and into Lake Erie, which can create harmful algae. 

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The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department says toxic algae blooms have been found in the ponds at Krumm and Schiller Parks.

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