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Study: Algae, chemicals damaging Great Lakes

Blue-green algae is blooming in the Great Lakes, an omnious sign of suffering water quality that poses health risks for people who depend on the lakes for drinking water, food, and recreation, according to a U.S.-Canadian report.

The International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian agency which advises both federal governments on issues involving their shared waterways, is urging government agencies to require measures preventing runoff from farms and cities, including bans on lawn fertilizers. 

Additionally, the commission called for research of better ways to detect health hazards in shallow water and beachers where people can get sick from bacteriea, viruses, and parasites.
 


 
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Aquatic Weed Harvesting Update - The lake weed harvester began operation for the season on May 4th. This year it has been operating five days a week, with some of those days having extended hours. To date, 382 cubic yards of aquatic plants have been removed from the lake...which is 64 truckloads of lake weeds disposed of just this year! During the same period last year, 94 cubic yards of aquatic plants were removed from the lake.


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