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  • Cyanobacteria outbreak a setback for Charles River

    UPI - 08/20/2015

    “The problem is scientific — we simply don’t know what makes them bloom,” Ferdi Hell­weger, a water quality expert and an asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering at North­eastern University, explained in a press release. “This highlights the need for more basic research into the ecology of cyanobacteria and a cautious approach when considering massive and costly management actions.”

    Hellweger is one of many conservationists working hard to make the Charles River swimmable once again.

    “These blooms are threatening our vision of a swimmable Charles and are impacting other recreational activities around the river, including dog walking,” he said. “The Charles River is not alone in this regard.”

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