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Barley vs Algae
Pond scum, or blue-green algae, is a common sight in the land of 10,000 Lakes.

A start-up company in Minnesota aims to prevent the algae blooms using a sustainable solution rather than a chemical solution. They have found success by placing bales of pelletized barley into ponds in the spring and then harvest the weeds in the summer to allow beneficial plants to continue growing.

This method has been around for thousands of years, but has received a wide following in the past few years as a more environmentally stable means of algae control.

 
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European Ban on Phosphorus in Household Detergents - Phosphorus leaked into European lakes, streams and rivers leading to eutrophication - the overgrowth of algae which can starve fish and other plant life of oxygen. Phosphorus gets into groundwater mainly from fertilizers or animal and human waste, which is not addressed in the current proposal, but phosphorus does make up 25% of current domestic wastewater.


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