There is an interesting story about algae blooms in the Cape Fear River here at the StarNews. In the story there are several interesting assertions that lead you think they’re caused by man, but avoid the more obvious cause that it’s probably government.
Here’s the man made (evil developer) argument:
“This algae likes nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorous,” said Stephanie Garrett, a senior environmental technician with the Division of Water Quality. “You can get those from stormwater runoff, from discharges – there are a variety of sources it can come from.” . . . it’s thought that an influx of pollutants may be at least part of the problem.
But hidden in plain site in the story:
The first algal bloom was spotted above Lock and Dam Nos. 2 and 3 on June 20, followed by a second bloom discovered near Lock and Dam No. 1 on July 2.. . .(causes) include persistent drought conditions that have stagnated the movement of the river, as well as a warmer-than-average winter that left water temperatures higher than normal heading into the summer season.
Sooo, if you’re reading the entirety of the story and putting the pieces together you discover that stagnating water at higher temperatures creates conditions for algae blooms. Those blooms take place adjacent to government made structures (locks and dams) where the water stagnates. Hmmm. . . . .so if the water was flowing, the blooms would diminish. Too bad NOBODY from the state put those pieces together even as reporting them.
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