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US boosts efforts to prevent Lake Erie algae blooms

from The Detroit News

The U.S. Agriculture Department is awarding $5 million to help farmers stop harmful algae blooms from forming and expanding in Lake Erie. The funding, provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, will help farmers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana take steps to help prevent phosphorus and nitrogen runoff into the Western Lake Erie Basin. This announcement comes two weeks after Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to boost efforts to address these blooms and help improve water quality in the watershed. more


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