Toxic Algae

first_imgThe sudden and unexpected death of a Marietta, Georgia, couple’s beloved dog after swimming with its owners in Lake Allatoona has filled social media feeds since the incident on Aug. 10. The incident brings to light the dangers of toxic algae growth. In neighboring North Carolina, another couple lost three dogs in one day after an afternoon swim in a pond.The cause has been identified as the blue-green algae species Microcystis aeruginosa, a cyanobacteria that produces a potent liver toxin.Algae often grows in ponds and lakes during abnormally dry conditions such as those Georgia is currently experiencing. Toxin-producing algae can be lethal to livestock who use farm ponds as their water source, but common toxins like microcystins can also impact larger bodies of water, said Gary Burtle, University of Georgia water quality and fisheries expert.While Georgia isn’t officially in a drought, areas of the state have been hotter and drier than normal, Burtle said.Conditions like these can cause more algae to grow and bloom in bodies of water as a result of the increased nutrient load in ponds and lakes, he said. In ponds used to water cattle and horses, this might lead to problems with toxic algae and unsightly water.Color changes in a pond can be a clue that algae are blooming. Blooms of algae and cyanobacteria often look like green, blue-green or reddish-brown paint floating on the surface of small bodies of water, usually near the shoreline. This scum formed by algae is an indicator that the pond may be unsafe, Burtle said.“Humans should not swim in this water and animals should not be allowed access to it until the bloom returns to normal by dilution from rainfall or treatment with algaecide,” said Burtle, who has fielded numerous calls from UGA Cooperative Extension agents this week as questions have poured in from the public. “You know a pond is headed for trouble when the algae bloom is so thick that visibility is less than 12 inches into the water column.”In 2012, Georgia experienced serious drought conditions and some Gwinnett County cattle died as a result of a cyanobacteria bloom. Animals affected often appear weak, exhibit muscle tremors and convulsions, and have bloody diarrhea.Farm animals should be kept away from the water source and provided with an alternative source of clean water until the pond has been tested and is declared free of toxins, Burtle said.“If you have a fear about the water, move your animals to a safe water source,” Burtle said. “Install a water tank and fill it up every day or so. And use common sense. If there’s a scum on the pond and you think there might be a problem, exclude your animals and have the water tested.”UGA Extension agents can help Georgians test their pond or lake water for the presence of toxins from algae blooms through UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences laboratories.Cyanobacteria blooms in ponds and lakes are difficult to control, Burtle said. Using chemicals releases more toxins into the pond, rendering it useless as a water source for weeks or months. High daytime temperatures can also force the cyanobacteria blooms to the bottom of the pond, where toxins are released.Harmful algal blooms need nutrients, sunlight, and warm, stagnant water to develop.To help prevent blooms, UGA Extension urges pond owners to leave vegetated buffers around ponds, to limit livestock access and to avoid over-fertilizing surrounding areas. Pond owners who would like to learn more about controlling algae should read UGA Extension Bulletin 1445, “Managing Algal Blooms and the Potential for Algal Toxins in Pond Water.”last_img read more

Governor Douglas announces more than $3 million in economic development grants

first_imgA dairy processing plant in Brattleboro; a food processing center in Hardwick; a slaughterhouse in Westminster; and a Barre facility that recycles furniture and other goods for distribution to needy Vermonters were among more than $3 million in job creation grants announced today. At a ceremony at Recycle North s new facility in a former granite shed in Barre, Governor Jim Douglas announced the award of $3.3 million in Community Development Block Grants for those projects, as well as others. These grants are a great resource for companies, municipalities and organizations looking to grow and answer their unique challenges and needs, said Governor Douglas. I m pleased to honor each of these recipients today with grants that will help with planning, redevelopment, expansion, handicap accessibility and more. These recipients are very deserving of our support. All of today s recipients are making a positive and important contribution to our economy and our state s well-being. These projects will create jobs and opportunities, Governor Douglas continued. The town improvements being funded with these grants will put Vermonters to work and improve our communities. The specialty food products and opportunities being created and expanded with this money will help create jobs and give Vermonters a chance to realize their entrepreneurial dreams. Access to meat and dairy processing equipment is essential to farmers, especially during this difficult economic time. And certainly access to affordable housing that is close to schools and services is something I ve been very supportive of.Today s grants were awarded to the following towns, businesses and organizations:$650,000 implementation grant to the Town of Hardwick to be sub-granted to Northern Enterprises for construction of the Vermont Food Venture Center 2, a multi-purpose food processing facility in the Hardwick Industrial Park. 19 jobs will be created of which 10 will be to individuals with low- to moderate- incomes.$648,000 grant to the Town of Westminster to be loaned to Vermont Meats to retrofit and equip an existing facility located on Back Westminster Road to be utilized as a meat and poultry slaughter and processing facility. 15 jobs will be created of which 12 will be available to low- and moderate- income individuals.$600,000 implementation grant to the Town of Brattleboro to be loaned to Commonwealth Yogurt to purchase specialized equipment for a Class II Dairy Processing facility. Using conventional, rBST free, and organic milk the facility will produce cultured products, primarily yogurt for private label retail and wholesale customers as well as co-pack production for major national brands. 25 jobs will be created of which 14 will be low- to moderate- income individuals.$590,000 grant to the Town of Randolph for Randolph Area Community Development Corp to rehabilitate the former Ethan Allen plant. This project called Salisbury Square redevelopment is a mixed use, mixed-income project that will include 22 homes, 14 rental units and 1200 square feet of office space on the blighted property adjacent to downtown.$300,000 grant to the Village of Swanton to be given as a deferred loan to Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont to construct 16 units of affordable rental housing known as Blake Commons. The vacant in-fill lot is situated near services, schools and recreation making it an ideal location for new housing.$294,820 grant to the City of Barre to be sub-granted to ReCycle North to purchase and renovate a historic granite shed in downtown Barre, cleanup contamination on the site, create classrooms and training spaces, and develop an efficient marketplace for reuse and processing areas to distribute goods to people in need. 10 jobs will be created of which 6 will be filled by low-to-moderate income individuals.$200,000 grant to the City of Montpelier to be sub-granted to Home Share of Central Vermont for service in Washington County and expanding into Orange and Lamoille Counties. This will allow Home Share to support 80 home share matches which will directly benefit 196 individuals.$30,000 planning grant to the Town of Hartford to be sub-granted to the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation to create a plan for the redevelopment of Prospect Street in White River Junction.$24,900 access modification grant to the Town of Randolph to provide accessibility to the Randolph Municipal Building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.$20,000 planning grant to the Town of Brighton to develop a plan to integrate the Island Pond commercial downtown with Island Pond Lake front by re-designing and improving the existing 5-acre Lakeside Park.The Agency awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: is external)Source: Governor’s office, July 7, 2009last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand withstand Jadeja, Dhoni 50s to knock India out of tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Before the semi-final clash between India and New Zealand, many former commentators and cricketing analysts were congratulating Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team. No one had given New Zealand a chance. In a rain-affected semi-final which saw it being played for two days, fortunes fluctuated. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slammed the fifties and New Zealand huffed and puffed their way to 239/8. Many cricketing analysts had slammed the nature of the Old Trafford wicket, with former Australia skipper Steve Waugh saying that a total of 240 was par. However, New Zealand has always punched above its weight in World Cups. Matt Henry took out Rohit Sharma for 1, denting his prospects of becoming the leading run-getter in an edition. Trent Boult got rid of Virat Kohli for 1 with an inswinger. India was reduced to 5/3. With Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul falling cheaply, suddenly it seemed there was a match on the cards.Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant tried to steady the innings but they fell in the quest for quick runs. However, India still had MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. One had the power of finishing the innings while Ravindra Jadeja was already fired up by the ‘bits and pieces’ comment by former India player Sanjay Manjrekar. Both batsmen counter-attacked, Jadeja, in particular, smashing some big hits of the bowlers. Dhoni, on the other hand, focused on rotating the strike and taking the game deep. With 37 needed off 18, Boult got rid of Jadeja for 77. In the next over, Dhoni rekindled the 2011 World Cup heroics with a carved six over deep backward point.Martin Guptill, who had failed in the whole tournament, produced a moment of brilliance as Dhoni was run-out by a direct hit from backward square leg. New Zealand sealed the win in style with this 18-run win in the semi-final in Manchester and reached the final for the second consecutive time since 2015 when they had secured a similar thrilling win against South Africa in Auckland.On a tough wicket, New Zealand found the going difficult against the discipline of India’s bowlers, particularly Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Guptill fell for 1 while Henry Nicholls steadied the ship with Williamson. After Nicholls’ departure, Ross Taylor joined Williamson and ensured New Zealand did not lose wickets. The rain intervened and despite the best efforts, the match was pushed to the reserve day. New Zealand managed to get some crucial hits and ended on 239/8. In response, Henry and Boult produced one of the best bowling spells in the tournament. Rohit Sharma, with 648 runs five centuries, was undone by a delivery that nipped away outside off and he fell for 1. Kohli was undone by the pace and swing of Boult and was trapped LBW for 1. The murmurs of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final grew. With KL Rahul falling to Henry and Dinesh Karthik falling to a superb one-handed catch from Neesham, India was in the doldrums.Hardik Pandya played a subdued knock while Pant showed his aggression. The left-hander was looking in good touch but once again, a rash shot when settled resulted in his dismissal and that drew furious reactions from Virat Kohli in the dressing room. With the asking rate mounting, Pandya top-edged the slog sweep off Mitchell Santner and he holed out to Williamson.Jadeja stepped up and broke the shackles by regularly finding the boundaries. He took the attack to the bowlers and revived the run-rate while Dhoni was content on playing second fiddle. When Jadeja reached his fifty, his sword celebrations were pointed towards the dressing room and he spread his arms to signify the hollowness of Manjrekar’s ‘bits and pieces’ comment which spurred him on. Jadeja and Dhoni’s partnership in the middle overs once again gave hope for India. With the partnership crossing 100 and with both having momentum, it seemed New Zealand was in pressure. However, the nature of the partnership was contrasting. While Jadeja found the boundary, Dhoni did not seem to press the accelerator to compliment Jadeja.However, Boult struck in his last over as Jadeja fell to the dot-ball pressure while the game was sealed when Guptill, having a poor run with the bat, produced the match-defining moment when he ran out Dhoni with the batsman just inches short. The mood of the Indian fans and the stadium was off considerable disappointment. It was a sad way for Dhoni to go out in what could be his last game in the World Cup. For New Zealand, they showed that punching above your weight and flying under the radar does have benefits. New Zealand has never lost to India in World Cups in England.Ravindra Jadeja scored his first fifty after five years.India has lost in the semi-final for the second consecutive time.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Hockey: India women bag first win in Hawke’s Bay Cup

first_imgLilima Minz scored the winner to hand the Indian women’s hockey team its first victory in the Hawke’s Bay Cup, with a 1-0 win over Canada in a classification match here on Saturday.World No.13 India, coming into the match after hat-trick of losses, grabbed the solitary goal of the match in the 43rd minute when midfielder Lilima broke the deadlock with a brilliant bit of individual play, as she dribbled into the circle and beat the keeper with a sharp shot.Before the goal, Rani Rampal came close to score an open goal, with the rival goalkeeper at the mercy, but she wasted the chance.And after Lilima’s strike, India’s defence was tested to the hilt before closing out the match 1-0.It was a big relief for chief coach Neil Hawgood, whose charges will now play world No.15 Ireland in the 5-6 place classification contest.”Today’s game was vital for us, another loss would’ve left us competing for the wooden spoon, so I am glad we got the victory,” Hawgood said in a release.”We controlled the ball well and held possession in key areas at key moments, a factor that helped decide the outcome of the game.”last_img read more