Snow Melt Into Summer

Remember those powerful snow storms that brought the City of Boston to a halt last winter. Can you believe the snow melt from those large piles of snow lasted into July. The last day of melting occurred July 14, 2015. (Source:  CNN) Check out this story and see what these snow piles looked like in

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Back to School Germs

Check out this news interview regarding germs in the school. Here a few tips mentioned in this news story: Bring your own water bottle and don’t drink out of the water fountain. Make sure kids get their proper sleep. Use Hand Sanitizer Encourage kids to not touch their faces so much It’s always good to

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Bacteria Filled Beaches

Check out this story regarding bacteria on beaches. Routine tests for bacteria near beaches is a concern for states. The key is to find the source of the bacteria. The source could be the results of a broken sewer line, rain water washing fecal material onto the beach, people not disposing of trash properly and

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Soil Health – Where does Carbon Come From?

Check out this video and learn how the microorganisms release carbon CO2 in the soil. Dr. Will Brinton provides an indepth look at the carbon process in the soil. It is a very interesting video presentation. Soil Health Testing is available at Midwest Laboratories. For more information check out this link, Midwest Laboratories Soil Health

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Toxic Algae Bloom – Lake Erie

This year could be a record year for toxic algae bloom in some areas. The heavy rains received in June are a major contributor to this issue. Check out this story and learn more about this issue. Here is an updated look at this issue, recorded July 27, 2015 Check out the following article that

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Recycling Food Waste

What happens to food waste being produced by food producers? Check out this video which looks at several examples of how food waste is being put back into our environment to reuse. Who would have thought that cell phone glass could be made out of food waste.   photo credit: plate scraping via photopin (license)

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Ethanol Demand – An Interesting Perspective

Check out this interview with Green Plains CEO, Todd Becker and seen where the Ethanol Industry stands with respect to the economy. This story is really interesting. Todd does a good job of looking at Ethanol as a sustainable business. Overall, Ethanol is a discounted fuel compared to traditional gasoline. The international market is becoming

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E.coli in Lakes

Check out this story out of Michigan. It gives a good perspective on the process of monitoring e.Coli levels in Lake Michigan. Remember, e.Coli is always present to some extent in lake water. You can take precautions by making sure you wash your hands and body, especially before eating so you do not transmit the

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Three Summer Lawn Tips

Three Summer Lawn Tips:   (1) Mowing Consider mowing your lawn a little higher not shorter to prevent the spread of weeds. (2) Watering Only water 2-3 times a week, but water longer in each area, 20-30 minutes. This way you will insure the water gets down into the surface part of the soil 4-6

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Bottled Water Recalled because of e.Coli

The following story aired this week in the northeast part of the country. “E. coli bacteria were found in the water supply on June 10, 2015. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems,” said company officials. Source: myfoxphilly.com report, June 22, 2015 This incident really

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