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Wildlife-rich lagoon in Florida threatened by building boom 4.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
On the Indian River Lagoon, Fla. • The most biologically diverse waterway in America is seriously ill. The Indian River Lagoon is repeatedly being choked with oxygen-robbing algae, its surface increasingly dotted with thousands of dead fish, manatees, birds and other creatures. The culprits: farm runoff and a huge influx of people that has sent lawn fertilizer and other pollutants into the lagoon, which runs 156 miles along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, almost to Palm Beach, and includes the Cape Ca...
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Building boom threatens wildlife-rich Florida lagoon 4.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
On the Indian River Lagoon, Fla. • The most biologically diverse waterway in America is seriously ill. The Indian River Lagoon is repeatedly being choked with oxygen-robbing algae, its surface increasingly dotted with thousands of dead fish, manatees, birds and other creatures. The culprits: farm runoff and a huge influx of people that has sent lawn fertilizer and other pollutants into the lagoon, which runs 156 miles along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, almost to Palm Beach, and includes the Cape Ca... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah Lake marina dredging delayed until fall 28.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Provo • A $1.3 million dredging project planned for the Utah Lake State Park Marina in April is being delayed probably until after Labor Day. The postponement is due to a number of factors, including too few bidders in the original request, rising water levels and concern not to interrupt the spawning season for the lake’s endangered June suckers, according to Jason Allen, manager of the Utah Lake State Park. “Technically we could start August 1, but with spawning season going late into the se...
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Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change 15.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Bandar al-Rowdah, Oman • The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India. Scientists who study the algae say the microscopic organisms are thriving in new conditions brought about by climate change, and displacing the zooplankton that underpin the local food chain, threatening the entire marine ecosystem. Khalid al-Hashmi, a marine biologist at the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, wrinkles his nose as the rese... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Icahn lobbying Trump divides ethanol industry 3.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Billionaire Carl Icahn’s relationship with President Donald Trump has helped spark a round of recriminations within the $24 billion American ethanol industry just as it navigates one of the most crucial points in its history. The discord has emerged in the past three days as ethanol companies react to a proposal from Icahn and a lobby group that would shake up how the industry is regulated. At the heart of the dispute lies the question of who exactly should be responsible for complying with a 12...
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Faye Flam: Drunken monkeys and the evolution of boozing 8.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Nothing rings in the new year like a solution of bubbling, neurotoxic ethanol. Humanity’s longstanding relationship with alcohol poses an evolutionary puzzle: Surely natural selection would weed out those of our ancestors with a taste for something that clouds judgment, slows reflexes, dulls the senses and impairs balance. Animals in such a state would likely be the first picked off by predators, if they hadn’t already fallen out of a tree. And yet humans all over the world drink ethanol in vari...
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Utah air, environmental regulators hope they can bank on guv's proposed budget 9.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Environmental regulators in Utah are hoping for a brighter 2017 after reading the governor’s proposed budget. Gov. Gary Herbert’s budget suggests dedicating $1.45 million next year to buy new air quality monitors and upgrade old, increasingly unreliable equipment. The budget also recommends assigning $123,000 for algal bloom response in the wake of this summer’s massive toxic algal bloom on Utah Lake. The Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) requested $2.2 million from the Legislature this year,... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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A plane full of people just flew cross country on wood-based fuel made by a Colorado company 15.11.2016 Denver Post: Business
Alaska Airlines flew a commercial flight on Monday from Seattle to Washington, D.C., using jet fuel made out of alcohol derived from wood scraps.
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Groups: Work curbing Lake Erie algae need to target hotspots 31.10.2016 Durango Herald
Groups working to solve Lake Erie's algae outbreaks agree that a key step will be targeting areas that are sending much of the algae-feeding phosphorus into the lake
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Utah County health officials: stay out of Big East Lake 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Members of the public and their animals should stay out of Big East Lake in Utah County, health officials warn. Recent test results and monitoring have led the Utah County Health Department to adjust its warnings about algal blooms in the county’s bodies of water. The department has adjusted the Big East Lake’s advisory to “danger,” which “is essentially a closure, as people and animals should not be in or on the lake,” said Ralph Clegg, the department’s executive director, in a news release. Al...
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Toxic algae is in more than 40 California lakes, waterways 19.9.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Toxic algae has shown up in more than 40 state lakes and waterways from Los Angeles to the northern reaches of California, the highest count in state history.
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Op-ed: Algae events should help Utah's water awareness bloom 18.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Recent headlines in newspapers across the Wasatch Front have featured expanded coverage of local harmful algal blooms (HABs) affecting the lives and livelihoods of Utah’s residents. As communities brace for further challenges in light of climate change, population growth and aging infrastructure, people are beginning to ask questions about the complex nature of Utah’s water system. Our water and wastewater infrastructure lies underground, out of sight and out of mind. But this critical infrastru...
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On renewables, Trump caught between corn, oil 17.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Donald Trump is trying to walk a fine line between Iowa corn interests and the oil industry. The Republican presidential candidate’s struggle to appease the antagonistic industries was in the spotlight Thursday when his campaign published a fact sheet calling for the elimination of a slew of regulations, including a scandal-marred system of buying and selling biofuel blending credits that some oil refiners hate. “The EPA’s renewable identification number program penalizes refineries if they do n...
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Scofield Reservoir reopens to boaters, anglers after toxic algal bloom 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Scofield Reservoir reopened Wednesday to boating and fishing after a toxic algal bloom closed the popular Carbon County lake for two weeks. The Southeastern Utah District Health Department determined that toxin levels for cyanobacteria ­— which can cause headache, diarrhea and vomiting if they come into contact with a body, and which are fatal if ingested — decreased enough to no longer pose a public health threat to on-water recreational users, such as boaters, according to a news release. It ...
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It’s false to say Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong in e-mail scandal 13.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
In her letter on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, Judy Ekstrom makes the same critical error as most closed-minded Clinton fans who repeat incessantly that she did nothing wrong.
Debating the value of ethanol as a viable fuel (3 letters) 11.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
The ethanol industry agrees with The Denver Post that the Environmental Protection Agency should conduct updated scientific assessments on the impacts of biofuels.
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'Behind the Headlines': BYU-Utah football, algal blooms and political polls 9.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Utes and BYU Cougars prepare to meet up at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the big rivalry game. Rep. Jason Chaffetz calls for another investigation into Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz addresses accusations of religious bigotry regarding a campaign fundraiser. And the summer’s algal blooms prompt a deeper look into Utah’s water quality and treatment. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emma Penrod, Kyle Goon and Thomas Burr, as w...
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Would water-rights overhaul fix Utah's problems with quantity, quality? 8.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories exploring water-quality issues along the Wasatch Front. Minutes into an excursion last week to dispatch new algae-tracking sensors into Utah Lake, one of the state’s shallow-draft boats became mired at the outlet of the otherwise-desolate state park marina. As the Division of Water Quality crew worked to get the boat out into the water, they jokingly lamented their failure to bring an airboat. Low water levels rendered boat access to Ut... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Editorial: Algal blooms are sign of rising cost of water 6.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Are toxic algae blooms the harbinger of a changing planet, or the consequence of Utahns not cleaning up after themselves? The answer may be both. Either way, the blooms are telling us we have to do better with our water. With the population growing and climate change expected to reduce the snowpack, Utah is facing up to water’s true costs, and the price is going up. It won’t be as simple as it was in the past when we just built more dams and canals to solve our water issues. This is about usin... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Waste water: What caused Utah's massive toxic algae problem? 4.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories exploring water-quality issues along the Wasatch Front. By the time Walt Baker, director of the state Division of Water Quality, got the July 14 call about algae in Utah Lake, the bloom already had been visible from overhead satellites for at least three days. The next day, test results indicating high concentrations of potentially toxic cyanobacteria prompted the Utah County Health Department to order the lake’s closure. By July 17, w...
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