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Dam Owner Faces Penalty for Herbicide Treatment
The company that owns Messalonskee Dam will face a penalty from the state after an employee was caught spraying a toxic weed killer in and around the water.

The herbicide Durazone, sold by Bayer, kills a wide variety of plants and its label warns it’s toxic to plants, fish and other aquatic animals. The National Pesticide Information Center says prolonged or extreme exposure by humans can cause severe health effects from shedding fingernails to spontaneous late-term abortions.

 
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Microbes Aid in Establishment of Invasive Species - Researchers are also testing the effects different sediments have on the growth of algae and have found that sediments associated with seagrass reduce algal growth. The results show that dense beds of seagrass are resistant to colonization of algae, but when seagrass beds decline due to other pressures the balance of microbes in the sediment changes, giving the algae a change to invade new areas.


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