Monday, April 27, 2015

How an upstream ditch limits downstream algae

<> How an upstream ditch limits downstream algae - Standard ditches drain phosphorus, nitrogen and excess dirt into rivers and streams, contaminating the water and hurting its inhabitants -- the two-stage system prevents them from entering the watershed.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NY Rep. Higgins seeks federal aid to upgrade Great Lakes wastewater treatment plants

<> NY Rep. Higgins seeks federal aid to upgrade Great Lakes wastewater treatment plants - The bill would provide the EPA with money that would be passed on to publicly owned wastewater treatment plants in the Great Lakes region which would be equipped with "nutrient-removal technology."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Great Lakes connects Midwest with Middle East in Chicago

<> Great Lakes connects Midwest with Middle East in Chicago - When it comes to the policy, activism and distribution of water, each region has much to learn from the other -- the summit also launched the new Freshwater Lab for Water Policy and Diplomacy, a partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lake Erie Congress members ask NASA to fund algal bloom warning system

<> Lake Erie Congress members ask NASA to fund algal bloom warning system - Ohio Congress members whose districts abut Lake Erie want the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to keep funding a new satellite-based system to track algal blooms that can contaminate drinking water.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Shipping Great Lakes water? That's California dreaming

<> Shipping Great Lakes water? That's California dreaming - Amid rising water supply crises, could the parched American Southwest ever get its hands on the world's most abundant and valuable liquid fresh water supply — our Great Lakes?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lake Erie woes subject of county-commissioned report

<> Lake Erie woes subject of county-commissioned report - Two legal experts were commissioned by Lucas County commissioners to develop the report, which gives recommendations for tackling the phosphorus load that contributes to the summer algal blooms in the lake.

  • Lucas Co. considers new water authority - Chesapeake Bay is design model; Moving Forward: Legal Solutions to Lake Erie's Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Legal Institue of the Great Lakes, University of Toledo College of Law - Website: Reducing harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie: Legal Tools and Best Practices 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Combined sewer overflows last week doubled 2014 amount

<> Combined sewer overflows last week doubled 2014 amount - Combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood discharged an estimated 681.1 million gallons of storm water and sewage to local waterways April 9, according to Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District officials -- for comparison, the district reported 341 million gallons of total sewer overflows in all of last year, and more than 1.1 billion gallons of overflows in 2013