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  • With Crisis Comes Opportunity

    With Crisis Comes Opportunity The recent crisis in Toledo where toxic algae blooms led to the shut off of municipal water to almost half a million people serves as a painful reminder that we should not take clean water for granted, something we as a nation are too often prone to do.   The culprit in the Toledo case – toxic algae -is not unique to Ohio and Lake Erie.  While few species of algae produce toxins that pose human health risks, algal blooms are often harmful to aquatic life (e.g., Gulf Dead Zone, Chesapeake Bay) and can have profound economic impacts on commercial fishing and tourism. The formation of algal blooms is exacerbated by excessive and often uncontrolled drainage of nutrients, especially phosphorus, into[…]

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