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Keeping lawns green and rivers clean: A relaxed approach to yard work

By KEVIN STRAUSS Cannon River Watershed Partnership    Jul 6, 2020 Updated Jul 8, 2020

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Algae Blooms Prompt Advisory at Falmouth's Deep Pond

The Falmouth Board of Health warned residents of blue-green algae in Deep Pond after testing found high levels of blooms, which can be toxic to humans and animals. After two weeks, the pond was re-tested and was deemed safe as of Wednesday.   By CARRIE GENTILE​    Jul 2, 2020

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New fertilizer ban goes into effect in Alachua County

By AJ Willy Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 6:45 PM EDT GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Starting July 1, residents in Alachua county are not allowed to use fertilizer on their lawn. In order to keep certain nutrients out of our water, alachua county has decided to place a new ban on fertilizers.

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Toxic Algae Blooms Are On the Rise, Fueled by Climate Change, Pollution

Scientists, public officials and citizens must work together to protect our shared waters. By Sonya Dyhrman  June 29, 2020

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Algae bloom again

BY KELLY LOPEZ The swirls of green algae are difficult to ignore and even more courageous to dive into. Summer has officially arrived and with it comes what has become an annual algae bloom in Canyon Lake. Those who live around the lake, and especially those in East Bay, are scratching their heads again as to what causes the unsightly bloom and how can it be prevented and remedied.

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Pros offer tips to keep your lawn and garden party ready

Bob Moulesong              Times Correspondent As summer settles in our thoughts turn to the backyard, always a sanctuary but more so as the coronavirus pandemic highlights stay-at-home activities. But being a homebody doesn’t have to be drab, expensive or uneventful. Aesthetics When preparing the backyard for entertaining, appearance ranks high. 

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The secret to mowing a perfect lawn

Lance Ellis | In the Garden | Published at 5:18 pm, June 28, 2020 One of the most mundane jobs in the world is mowing your lawn. You get into the habit of doing it on a certain day, get it done, it looks nice, and then you’re happy it’s over with and behind you. But like anything, there are better ways to do it and to make the end product better.

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Before genetically modified mosquitoes are released, we need a better EPA

If risks are being assessed, it is largely happening behind closed doors between technology developers and EPA employees. By Natalie Kofler and Jennifer KuzmaUpdated June 22, 2020, 3:00 a.m. While the attention of the American public has rightfully been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, its associated racial disparities, and broader issues of structural racism, the US government made a serious public health decision — one that could affect our health and our environment for generations to come.

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Summer’s First Algae Blooms Highlight Need for Stormwater Utilities, Advocates Say

JON HURDLE | JUNE 22, 2020 | ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT, WATER Department of Environmental Protection reports ‘HABs’ in Warren, Mercer counties, prompting fears of lake closures for the second straight year

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Enjoy your own (healthy) lawn this summer

by Jennifer Hartzell Many of us have had our summer plans upended by the coronavirus pandemic and are going to be enjoying our own yards more than ever. Having a healthy lawn is not only important for the health of you and your family, but for the health of wildlife and Lake Erie. Weed-free, lush, green lawns. Many people strive for this; I tell my kids not to play on them and while walking I actively avoid lawns that have the little “chemical lawn application” sign posted. Why?

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