harmful algal blooms

U.S. EPA Steps In to Set Florida Water Quality Standards

U.S. EPA Steps In to Set Florida Water Quality Standards

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – In one of the final acts of the Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will set “water quality standards for nutrients” for all Florida surface waters. The standards will apply to concentrations of the agricultural nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus in state waters. The…

More Than Health Damaged by Ag Nutrients in Drinking Water

More Than Health Damaged by Ag Nutrients in Drinking Water

MANHATTAN, Kansas, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – The pollution of fresh water by agricultural nutrients costs government agencies, drinking water facilities and individual Americans at least $4.3 billion a year in total, finds new research from Kansas State University. Biology professor Walter Dodds, who led the study, says the researchers calculated that $44 million a…

Once Rare, Coastal Dead Zones Are Multiplying Worldwide

Once Rare, Coastal Dead Zones Are Multiplying Worldwide

GLOUCESTER POINT, Virginia, August 15, 2008 (ENS) – Around 1910, when scientists began studying the marine areas of low oxygen known as dead zones, there were only four of them worldwide. Now, there are 405 dead zones in the world’s coastal waters, covering a total area of 95,000 square miles, according to the latest research…

Plan to Rid Freshwaters of Harmful Algal Blooms Short on Solutions

Plan to Rid Freshwaters of Harmful Algal Blooms Short on Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – A report on ways to minimize the impacts of harmful algal blooms in freshwaters across the United States presented by federal government agencies on Monday offers few solutions and relies heavily on future research to develop responses to the noxious and often toxic plants. These algae can form…