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Op-ed: To halt algal blooms, Utah has to stop feeding them 24.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The recent algae bloom in Utah Lake garnered considerable attention from the media and public — as it should. Cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae) can produce some of the most powerful natural poisons (toxins) known. And the current bloom might predict problems in other waters. So we must work together to reduce the nutrients feeding the algae: excess nitrogen and phosphorus, mostly coming from wastewater treatment plants that were not typically designed to remove nutrients. Algae blooms...
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Environmental regulators say levels of toxic algae decreasing; Utah Lake water OK for irrigation 23.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah County Health Department has decided to end its closure of the Jordan River in Utah County, but Utah Lake remains closed and health advisories remain in effect, based on the latest data from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The most recent set of tests found that concentrations of cyanobacteria in Utah Lake have decreased in most locations to nonthreatening levels, with the exceptions of Lincoln Harbor and the American Fork harbor, where counts continue to exceed the ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Jordan River re-opens in Utah County after algal bloom; warning remains in effect 23.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah County Health Department has decided to end its closure of the Jordan River in Utah County, but health advisories remain in effect. Ainslynn Tolman-Hill said the county health department decided to life the closure in light of recent test results that indicate the concentration of toxic cyanobacteria in the river is declining. However, she said, the department continues to encourage people to avoid the river, because the algae is still present in potentially harmful concentrations. “Dan...
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News roundup: The #NeverTrump crowd not giving up as Trump claims nomination 22.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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Editorial: To kill algae blooms, we need to tidy the bowl 22.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Add toxic blue-green algae to the growing list of Utah environmental challenges. Actually, algae blooms are not a brand new problem, but they are getting worse. And the one that blossomed on Utah Lake last week is on a scale apparently never seen. Virtually the entire lake has been consumed, and it has spread to the Jordan River and Little Cottonwood Creek. With hot, calm weather ahead, more are possible. The blooms are a sight to behold, but don’t be holding them. The entire lake is closed to... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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State officials mull declaration of emergency as toxic algae surface in Davis County 22.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake County officials are exploring the possibility of declaring a state of emergency due to the ongoing algal bloom in Utah Lake and the Jordan River. Steve Sautter, manager of Salt Lake County Emergency Management’s Joint Information Center, said county officials have spoken with state leaders about the possibility of declaring an official emergency, which could give the state access to federal funds to pay for damages associated with the bloom. The presence of cyanobacteria — the poison... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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'Behind the Headlines': Shurtleff's edge, algal threat, Zika and, of course, Trump's unconventional convention 21.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Lake’s algal bloom proves problematic for Salt Lake, Utah and Davis counties. Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings seeks dismissal of all charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. A caregiver of a Zika-infected Utahn who died has also contracted the virus. And the unconventional Donald Trump becomes the official GOP presidential nominee at the party’s Cleveland convention. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Jennifer Dobner, Emma Penrod and Alex Stuckey as we... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Op-ed: Algal bloom is harbinger of warmer future 21.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
All along Florida’s waterways, fish are dying, beaches are closing and people are getting sick from a massive, toxic algae stew. The irony is almost as thick as the green slime itself because Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency and is pleading with the federal government, which he dutifully loathes as a conservative, for assistance to cope with algal blooms connected to global warming, which he denies. Of course the disposition of Utah’s political leaders is similar, and so is the...
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Additional waters closed as 'unprecedented' Utah Lake algal bloom moves north 20.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Algal monitoring efforts continue to move northward as state environmental officials strive to get a handle on what the largest algal bloom in Utah Lake’s history means for Utah water quality. This is the first known instance where a bloom originating in Utah Lake has affected the Jordan River and other downstream systems. And concentrations within the bloom are exceptionally high, with some samples surpassing tens of millions of cyanobacteria — the so-called toxin-producing algae — per millilit... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Farmers fear for crops as Utah Lake algae threat spreads to Salt Lake County 19.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Stephanie Cannon’s tomatoes may go dry this week if algae from Utah Lake make their way into her irrigation canal. “I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable about watering my lawn with” irrigation water from the canal, said Cannon, a commercial tomato grower and president of the Upper Canal Irrigation Co. in Millcreek and Holladay, “but I don’t want to put it on our tomatoes.” State water officials announced Sunday that algae from Utah Lake, where a toxic algal bloom was discovered last week, appear to hav... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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DEQ warns against using water from Jordan River system and Utah Lake 18.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Access to the Jordan River and lower Little Cottonwood Creek has been limited because aerial and ground surveys show elevated levels of a harmful algae in them, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality said Sunday. In addition, Utah Lake, which also contains a toxic algal bloom, remains closed, DEQ spokeswoman Donna Spangler said in a news release. The bloom covers 90 percent of the lake. There will be no estimate for at least a week on when the water in the lake, river and related canals ca... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Algae covering 90 percent of Utah Lake is dissipating but becoming more toxic, possibly moving 17.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The toxic algal bloom in Utah Lake is getting smaller but possibly more dangerous, officials say, as poisonous cyanobacteria cells release higher levels of toxins into the water as they die. Officials are also testing water in the Jordan River and canals fed by Utah Lake to determine whether the bloom is spreading, and farmers have been urged to avoid using irrigation water that comes from the lake. The bloom, which covers 90 percent of the lake, is the largest ever seen by a man who’s been stu... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Cell counts of poisonous algae in Utah Lake dropping, but releasing more toxins -- and possibly spreading into Jordan River 17.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The toxic algal bloom in Utah Lake is getting smaller but possibly more dangerous, officials say, as poisonous cyanobacteria cells release higher levels of toxins into the water as they die. Officials are also testing water in the Jordan River and canals fed by Utah Lake to determine whether the bloom is spreading, and farmers have been urged to avoid using irrigation water that comes from the lake. The bloom, which covers 90 percent of the lake, is the largest ever seen by a man who’s been stu... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah Lake closed due to health concerns from large algal bloom 16.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State officials closed the entirety of Utah Lake on Friday after test results confirmed that a large algal bloom poses “serious health risks.” Satellite images show a bright green slick running two miles along the eastern shore from Provo Bay to Provo Harbor near Utah Lake State Park, according to a news release from the Department of Environmental Quality. Several smaller blooms collectively cover 90 percent of the lake. The Utah Department of Health advises that people and animals avoid the ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Possibly toxic algae poses health risk at Utah Lake 15.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A bright yellow warning sign popped up along the eastern shore of Utah Lake on Wednesday, warning that toxic algae is possibly once again plaguing the waters. The potentially poisonous blue-green bloom is growing in a miles-long slick from Provo Bay to Provo Harbor near Utah Lake State Park, making the water unsafe for recreation. The Utah Division of Water Quality advises that people and pets do not swim in or drink from the lake “until further notice.” Though not all algal growth is harmful,...
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Big soy crop no help for overrun U.S. biofuel makers 28.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Makers of renewable fuels derived from the vast soybean fields across the American Midwest can’t seem to catch a break. At a time when crops are cheap and domestic demand for biodiesel has never been better, the industry is shrinking. Imports from places like Argentina, Singapore and South Korea ballooned to a record 538 million gallons last year from just 7 million in 2009, while the United States has idled half of its 3 billion gallons of production capacity, industry data show. Foreign suppli...
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The Arctic's pretty but alarming strawberry-pink snow 23.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Pink snow was a high-latitude curiosity described by Arctic explorers such as Britain’s John Ross. Upon receiving word of the reddish snow, the London Times speculated in 1818 that the color came from meteoric iron deposits. Biologists know now that the red hue is the result of a chemical reaction within the algae Chlamydomonas nivalis and other cold-loving species. These algae are normally green, but as they start to suck up ultraviolet rays, they turn red. What may look like an Arctic accident...
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71 percent of Utah's lakes don't meet standards, with toxic algae growing into a major issue 15.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A majority — 71 percent — of Utah’s lakes fail to meet applicable water quality standards, and 43 percent of Utah’s streams likewise failed, according to a new state report. Compiled every other year by the state Division of Water Quality, the report is intended to determine whether the condition of Utah’s waters supports the uses assigned to them — uses such as providing drinking water, recreation or habitat for wildlife. This year’s report added new “impaired” designations to several Utah wat... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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DougCo biofuels company Gevo explores “strategic alternatives” 31.5.2016 Denver Post: Business
Gevo, a producer of biofuels that can be used as jet fuel, announced Tuesday that it is pursuing a range of "financial and strategic alternatives."
Biofuel manufacturing plant catches fire in southern India 27.4.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A biofuel manufacturing plant caught fire in southern India, triggering explosions in biodiesel tanks and forcing around 150 workers to flee the facility, officials said Wednesday.
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