Health, Science & The Environment

Environment
8:38 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Funding Limits Testing for Lake Pollution in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - State officials and advocates say available funding limits how much testing is done to identify Ohio lake pollution and problems in several areas.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the amount spent on testing is less than $200,000 a year.

The Environmental Protection Agency has about $80,000 for testing annually. Officials at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say they spent nearly that much last year to test for toxic blue-green algae at 20 areas, including the troubled Grand Lake St. Marys between Dayton and Toledo.

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Health, Around the Miami Valley
7:55 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Problems with Ohio Prison Doctor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state has found the actions of an Ohio prison doctor problematic following an investigation into the suicide of an inmate under the doctor's care.

Dr. Myron Shank resigned during the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's review of Gregory Stamper's suicide June 1.

In a report obtained by the Associated Press Wednesday, the department cited several issues with Shank's work at Allen Correctional Center in Lima.

The state says Shank failed to follow up with patients and discontinued medication without first meeting with patients.

Nature
2:17 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: August 9 - 15, 2011

Cicada
Flickr Creative Commons user gardener41

Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of Late Summer

In Middle and Late Summer, the fat, green, annual cicadas come up from the earth where they have spent the last eleven months. They leave their ectoskeletons behind on twigs or walls, fly out into the sun and begin to sing.

If science offers facts about all this, a little cultural entomology may help to interpret those facts.

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Environment
7:17 am
Tue August 9, 2011

EPA gives out $4.5M for Lake Erie cleanup

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is giving out $4.5 million to clean up Lake Erie.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say the grants handed out Monday are part of nearly $30 million that will be announced for the Great Lakes over the next few weeks.

Just over $1.3 million will go to the University of Toledo so that it can build a wetland.  Money will also go to state and local agencies to combat invasive plants and fish and cut down on pollutants.

Environment
8:03 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Ohio lake area fights to change image after algae

ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) - Toxic algae plaguing Ohio's largest inland lake has created a negative public image that organizations and residents in the area are determined to change.

They're working to draw tourists back to western Ohio's Grand Lake St. Marys and using television, newspapers and social media to spread the word that the lake is improving. Meanwhile, state, federal and local agencies continue efforts to control the algae and improve water quality.

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