Government Programs Combating Polluted Runoff

An official with Michigan Technological University samples an algal bloom. Photo: Michigan Technological University

Threat: Polluted runoff causes toxic algal outbreaks like the 2014 harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie that poisoned drinking water for more than 400,000 people.

Government Programs addressing threat:

 

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

 

U.S. Department of State

 

Over the last eight years, federal investments to restore the Great Lakes have been producing results—but serious threats remain. Cutting federal funding now will only make projects more difficult and expensive the longer we wait.

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