algae blooms

Charles River Property Owners Must Now Control Stormwater

Charles River Property Owners Must Now Control Stormwater

BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 1, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. EPA and the state of Massachusetts are about to impose stormwater permit controls on industrial, commercial and high-density residential facilities in the Charles River watershed. Stormwater containing high levels of phosphorus is blamed for neon blue-green algae blooms of toxic cyanobacteria that have taken over the…

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Halt Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Halt Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 18, 2008 (ENS) – Today, five environmental groups filed a lawsuit to compel the federal government and the state of Florida to set numeric limits on the excess nutrients which trigger harmful blooms of blue-green algae. Algae blooms are fouling Florida’s beaches, lakes, rivers, and springs, threatening public health, and closing swimming…

2008 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Be Largest Ever

2008 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Be Largest Ever

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – As a record-breaking volume of floodwater laden with sewage and fertilizers rolls down the waterways of the Mississippi Basin towards the Gulf of Mexico, a joint federal-state task force released an updated action plan to reduce low oxygen levels that cause a dead zone each summer in…

Dishwasher Detergents With Phosporus Not Welcome in Washington

Dishwasher Detergents With Phosporus Not Welcome in Washington

BELLINGHAM, Washington, May 8, 2008 (ENS) – Dishwasher detergents for sale in Whatcom County must be practically phosphorus free starting July 1. A statewide ban across Washington on high-phosphorus dishwashing detergents does not take effect until 2010, but this year state legislation brings better water quality protection in two counties – Whatcom and Spokane –…

Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28, 2008 (ENS) – The Charles River now has the best water quality for boating and swimming since the intensive Clean Charles Initiative began in 1995, federal and state environment officials said Friday. However, there still is growing concern about elevated levels of nutrients from stormwater runoff, especially phosphorus. The U.S. Environmental…