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2013-09-26 23:30:04

A new report looks at how extreme weather and an increase in non-point source pollution from agriculture and failing septic systems are spurring the spread of harmful algal blooms. It includes a first-of-its-kind national online map showing that 21 states issued health advisories related to toxic algae at 147 lakes and rivers this summer. Ann Arbor, Michigan (PRWEB) September 26, 2013 Summer should be a time for fishing, boating and swimming with family on our nation’s lakes. Yet...

2012-08-14 11:59:20

'High microcystin concentrations occur only at low nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratios in nutrient-rich Canadian lakes' Nutrient pollution, one of the greatest threats to our freshwater resources, is responsible for the algal blooms that blanket our lakes and waterways in summer months. Large blooms of cyanobacteria ('blue green algae') can cause fish kills, increase the cost of drinking water treatment, devalue shoreline properties, and pose health risks to people, pets, and wildlife. A new...

2012-06-05 09:48:39

Scientists have designed a screening tool that provides a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive way to predict levels of a specific toxin in lakes that are prone to blue-green algal blooms. Blue-green algae is not your average pond scum - rather than consisting of plant-like organisms, blue-green algae actually are cyanobacteria, and some species are linked to the production and release of the toxin microcystin into the water. Human exposure to the toxin through drinking or recreational...


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