Farmer Diligence May Be Preventing Algal Blooms In Indiana

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: WBOI NPR
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A map of articles reporting algal blooms across the country by the Environmental Working Groupreveals a widespread problem. But that algae doesn’t seem to be contaminating Indiana’s drinking water as much as it is in other states.

Indiana doesn’t get as much of its water from lakes and shallow reservoirs where algal blooms tend to form. But some of the state’s success could also be attributed to farmers who keep fertilizers and other nutrients from feeding algal blooms.

“Some of the most beneficial practices that we work with deal with preventing the water from leaving the field altogether,” says Stephanie McLain, Indiana’s soil health specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).