MPCA & MDH: Harmful Algae Could Bloom EarlyMinnesota authorities are warning lake-goers that harmful algae may be in the water early this year. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health say a mild spring means blue-green algae could bloom early.
Budget Compromise Would Land Great Lakes Program $300MA wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program appears to have survived the latest attempt to cut it. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative would get $300 million next year under a massive spending bill crafted by congressional negotiators. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the package this week.
Study: Southern Minn. Lakes Threatened By PollutionIn the town of Worthington, lake life is a part of the culture. "Whenever we poll the community about what the most important features are, what their proudest of in the community, Lake Okabena always comes in number one," Okabena Ocheda Watershed District's Dan Livdahl said.
Toxic Blue-Green Algae Bloom Prompts WarningThere's a warning out for beach-goers to beware of blue-green algae. Some types of the algae are very toxic, even deadly, to people and especially pets. The most recent warning is for Carver Lake in Woodbury.
MPCA: Keep Your Pets Away From Algae-Filled WatersThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is advising pet owners to be cautious around lakes and slow-moving streams after the death of a dog in Sherburne County last weekend. The MPCA says Brock Tatge and his family, who live on Prairie Lake, were enjoying their Sunday when their dog, Copper, became ill after fetching a tennis ball from the lake.
Algae Could Provide Weapon Against Invader Mussels Scientists at Wayne State University are researching how algae might help disrupt reproduction of zebra and quagga mussels in the Great Lakes.
Pollution Agency Warns Of Algae Amid High TemperaturesAs temperatures soar into the 90s this week, the MPCA is reminding people to beware of toxic algae blooms. The agency said that people should avoid lakes and ponds that have these blooms, and to keep children and pets away.
Stinky Lakes Due To Natural ‘Fish Kills' It's a smell that comes with warmer temperatures and increased algae in the water. It's also something you can see: dead fish floating on all the lakes in Minnesota. The experts call it a “fish kill,” and it has many wondering is the water safe. Dawn Summers of Minneapolis Park and Recreation says that this is a common occurrence.
Report Predicts Ever-Bigger Lake Erie Algae BloomsIt was the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history. It sucked oxygen from the water, clogged boat motors and washed ashore in rotting masses that turned beachgoers' stomachs.
Scientist Warns Of Heavier Storms, More Algae A University of Michigan expert says climate change is likely to cause bigger storms in the Great Lakes region over the next century, which could worsen the problem of harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie.
Warm Weather Could Spawn Dangerous Blue-Green AlgaeThe warm weather is fueling a potential health risk on area lakes. Algae blooms are starting to grow and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a warning about a particular type -- blue-green algae.
Algae Researchers Gather For SummitAlgae is the focus of a four-day commercial trade show in the Twin Cities, billed as the largest of its type in the nation.

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