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State money to fight algae at Grand Lake St. Marys : EPA's $5 million will buy aluminum sulfate

Excerpt from The Columbus Dispatch.

The state will spend $5 million on an effort to keep toxic blue-green algae from ruining another summer at Grand Lake St. Marys. The money will be used to buy aluminum sulfate, a chemical that binds with phosphorus in water before algae can use it as food.

Although $5 million is not enough to treat the entire 13,000-acre lake, officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources hope it will be effective if used in "strategic locations."

The money will come from a pot of federal dollars that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency uses to hand out low-interest and zero-interest loans for water- and sewer-improvement projects.


 
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Chemical Promotes Dangerous Algae Blooms - Wisconsin is not fully enforcing strict phosphorus limits adopted two years ago to reduce lake-algae blooms that make people sick. The state Legislature in 2010 approved DNR regulations intended to cut down on the amount of phosphorus running into waterways, where it causes algae to grow so thick that the water turns to green soup. The regulations are aimed at wastewater treatment plants, paper mills and factories – which are required to reapply for permits at five-year intervals.


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