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Curbing Polluting Farm Runoff Is Key to Fighting the Epidemic of Toxic Algae Blooms

In 2011, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., fell “deathly sick” from a severe upper respiratory illness after swimming in a lake infected with toxic algae. Inhofe, a notorious science-denying patron of corporate polluters, laughed it off as “the environment strikes back.”  Now Inhofe looks like the proverbial canary in the coal mine.  In the past decade, an epidemic of toxic algae blooms has struck hundreds of lakes, rivers and other bodies of water across the nation. In 2014, tap water for 500,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio, was rendered unsafe for drinking or other uses by an algae bloom in Lake Erie. The plague grows more widespread by the year, and this summer is predicted to be one of the worst yet.  Read more....



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