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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are offering $250,000 in grants to help develop technology for battling harmful algae blooms.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the funding is part of an initiative to better understand the blooms and to prevent them from forming in the western Lake Erie basin and elsewhere.

Harmful algae blooms are distinct from other algae because they produce a type of toxin that disrupts the aquatic ecosystem and can pollute drinking water. In 2014, harmful algae contaminated drinking water supplies in Toledo, Ohio, and part of southeastern Michigan.

Much is known about how the harmful blooms develop, but officials say their production of toxins is not well understood.

Projects designed to shed more light on that process will get priority as the grants are allocated.

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1 Comment

  • Mitch F.

    In other words, there is too much money at stake to stop Monsanto from directing farmers to overfertilize and overtreat their fields with chemicals, so instead of trying to stop the algae blooms from occurring we are going to try to just figure out a way to keep the algae from producing toxins so that even though it will kill the life in the lakes, it won’t actually directly kill us.

    Yeah, thanks DEQ. Way to fulfill your purpose for existing. Screw the environment, as long as it doesn’t directly kill people and doesn’t interfere with Monsanto’s bottom line it is all good, right?

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