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EPA head: Green Bay waters could be ripe for algae

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The head of the regional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office says conditions in the waters of Green Bay could be ripe for the same kind of algae that caused the water in Ohio to be undrinkable for a few days.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports while in Milwaukee last week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Susan Hedman said the waters of Green Bay have significant algal blooms.

Scientists and farmers agree that phosphorus from agriculture runoff is feeding the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Erie linked to a toxin found in the drinking water of 400,000 people in Ohio and southeastern Michigan last week. But Hedman says like in some other parts of the Great Lakes, federal restoration money is being spent to reduce phosphorus pollution in Green Bay.

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