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An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Tue Aug 5, 2014 08:27 AM CDT

When an algae bloom renders sectors of a lake or ocean uninhabitable by fish, environmentalists and fishermen fret but the general public snoozes. No skin off me, most people think -- if they think about it at all.

They wake up and start thinking when an algae bloom forces authorities to tell 500,000 people not to drink tap water.

That's what happened in Toledo over the weekend. The algae bloom that's been blossoming on Lake Erie gave birth to a toxin that scientists say is more toxic than cyanide. Once the toxin, called microcystin, was found in Toledo's drinking water, ...

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