Projected precipitation increases are bad news for water quality

An extensive algae bloom in Lake Erie in August, 2011 resulted from record-breaking nutrient loads. Increased precipitation from a changing climate could pollute U.S. waterways with excess nitrogen, increasing the likelihood of severe water quality impairment from coast to coast, according to a new study by scientists Eva Sinha and Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Venkatramani Balaji of Princeton University.
The results are published in this week's issue of the journal Science.
The effects will be especially strong in the Midwest and ... More at
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