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Algae Outbreaks Up by Nearly One-Fifth in 2019

EWG has found 508 news reports about algae blooms in the country’s lakes, ponds and rivers so far this year – 18 percent more than the 429 we found in the same period last year.  Because no federal agency tracks algae outbreaks, EWG uses news reports as a proxy to track the spread of the problem.  Outbreaks of blue-green algae – actually microscopic organisms called cyanobacteria – are triggered by nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer and animal manure that run off farm fields and get into bodies of water.  Read more.....



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