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Microplastics were found in water from five different continents.
Phosphorus is a key nutrient in aquatic systems, but excess phosphorous is the leading cause of the increase in the harmful blue-green algae that is becoming more common in the Great Lakes. Toxic and harmful algal bloom occurrences in Lake Erie pose risks to drinking supplies, quality of life and economic vitality.
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Ontario and the states of Ohio and Michigan have reached an agreement to reduce the amount of phosphorous entering the western basin of Lake Erie by 40 per cent. Phosphorous is a key nutrient in water, but when present at high concentrations can lead to harmful algal blooms which can impact water quality, ecosystem health, fisheries, tourism and property values.
The link between swimming and infection has been known since the 1950s although the practice of testing recreational waters was only recommended some 40 years ago. The presence of potential pathogens in our waters has been known for quite some time.
Health Canada reports that as of September 30, 2012, there were 116 First Nations communities across Canada under a Drinking Water Advisory. Neskantaga First Nation has been on a boil water advisory since 1995. If you are asking yourself how this is even possible in a country like Canada, the Auditor General highlighted the main problem areas in 2005.
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