Monthly Archives: October 2015

Toxic algae in Toledo’s drinking water becomes dangerous

Lake Erie's water intake crib, known historically as the "Fortress in the Lake," was an engineering feat first recognized in 1941, according to the Toledo Blade. The project cost the city only $9.88 million and took four years to build. The crib intake system was originally designed to work for 60 years. However, it is … Continue reading Toxic algae in Toledo’s drinking water becomes dangerous

California’s drought, El Niño and aquatic ecology

For the last four years, California has experienced one of the most severe droughts ever recorded. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January to prepare for the statewide water shortages and put firm conservation procedures into effect. According to a study published in the British journal Nature Climate Change, the snowpack in the … Continue reading California’s drought, El Niño and aquatic ecology

Climate change and the collapse of marine food chains

"We know relatively little about how climate change will affect the marine environment," said Sean Connell, a professor in ecology and environmental science at the University of Adelaide, according to Science Alert. "Until now, there has been almost total reliance on qualitative reviews and perspectives of potential global change. Where quantitative assessments exist, they typically focus … Continue reading Climate change and the collapse of marine food chains

Water quality plan approved by EPA in Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has developed an updated water quality plan over the last two years to align with the federal Clean Water Act at a cost of $3 million. Governor Charlie Baker and counsel approved the updated plan in June 2015 followed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 15, 2015. The Cape … Continue reading Water quality plan approved by EPA in Cape Cod