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Freshwater Weekly, July 9, 2019

Posted on July 10, 2019 by
Freshwater Future,
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July 9th, 2019

This week: Algal Blooms in Lake Erie Off to an Early Start

 The annual harmful algal bloom in Sandusky Bay is bigger than in years past and began earlier, says a Bowling Green State University scientist who’s been studying the bloom for years. Click here to learn more.

Great Black Swamp

Ohio farmland is being returned to its glory days 

The Little Auglaize Wildlife Reserve is 226 acres of what used to be farmland, acquired by the Black Swamp Conservancy earlier this year. Less than 1 percent is left of the original Great Black Swamp, a giant wetland area that at one point covered most of northwest Ohio But the goal of the Black Swamp Conservancy isn’t to undo all development and turn northwest Ohio back into the Great Black Swamp, just to preserve what’s left and bring back more wetlands. To read more click here.

Thunder Bay Cleanup Options

Officials with Environment and Climate Change Canada say two new options are being considered for possible remediation efforts to clean up a patch of toxic historical industrial pollution in Thunder Bay’s north harbour.

A rebuilt steering committee is taking a fresh look at how the legacy pollution in Thunder Bay’s harbour, identified as an “area of concern” under bilateral efforts between Canada and the United States to clean up the Great Lakes, can be cleaned up.

Open houses to gather public feedback on the existing options are tentatively scheduled for either late fall or early winter, Santiago said, adding that a preferred option is still scheduled to be chosen by 2020. To learn more click here.

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