What's New Oak Lawn to start huge water improvement project Southtown Star (7/24) Gov. Pat Quinn and Oak Lawn, Ill. officials broke ground at the village’s main pumping station, signaling the start of a major project to improve Oak Lawn’s water distribution system that also provides 12 other suburbs with drinking water.
Toxin found in area water not harmful to residents The Toledo Blade (7/24) Tests showed Oregon’s, Ohio raw water, which comes from western Lake Erie, had a small but detectable level of the toxin produced by microcystis algae, but at a concentration five times lower than a concentration that would put plant operators on high alert.
Toxin level found in Oregon, Ohio, water not harmful to residents The Toledo Blade (7/24) Tests showed Oregon, Ohio's raw water, which comes from western Lake Erie,
had a small but detectable level of microcystin, the toxin produced by
microcystis algae. The microcystin concentration of 1.0 parts per billion is five times lower than a 5.0 ppb concentration that would put plant operators on high alert.
The rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins The Windsor Star (7/22) Lake Erie bears the brunt of the region’s phosphorus overload, but the problem isn’t isolated to a specific lake or a single cause. Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River experience algal blooms to an extent as well, and the culprits include industries, farms and sewage coming from Windsor-Essex County and the rivers that run through it.
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