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Are Wastewater Plants Really Responsible For Unsightly Algae Blooms?

Beaches on Lake Champlain closed due to toxic algae blooms

Beaches on Lake Champlain closed due to toxic algae blooms

The beaches in the town of St. Albans on Lake Champlain are closed even though the weather is beautiful. The reason for the closing is the thriving algae blooms that have overtaken the shores. The blue-green algae is potentially toxic to humans and pets, so the town officials are forced to close the beaches every summer. The algae blooms flourish in certain conditions, which are usually in August when both the air and the water are warmer. When temperatures cool, the algae begins to disperse and the beaches are once again open to the public. Continue Reading

Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is defined as the precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, rooftops, and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground, according to the EPA. This precipitation can pick up harmful pollutants from these surfaces like oil or grease from a car, pesticides, pet wastes, and fertilizer to name a few. The runoff can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Continue Reading