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Toledo Takes Green Smoothie Craze Too Far? (Nah, It's a Pollution Problem)
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No … Toledo, Ohio, isn’t giving out free kale shakes for breakfast this morning. This glass contains algae-choked water, scooped out of Lake Erie—right in front of the intake crib that brings the city its drinking water. (Dave Zapotosky snapped the pic for the Toledo Blade.) After water tests taken over the weekend revealed high concentrations of toxic microcystin, Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency on Saturday. And until this morning about 400,000 area residents couldn’t drink or bathe in the water coming from their taps. Meanwhile, as reports of bottled water shortages come in from as far as 50 miles away, police have begun to monitor local stores. What's to blame? Largely farm fertilizer runoff and sewage treatment plants (see “Lake Erie Deathwatch”).

Other things to know this morning:

Dozens of the nation’s leading conservation scientists are pleading with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give wolverines “threatened species” status. Climate change is decreasing snowpack in the west, leaving the animal with no ice dens to raise their young.

Wichita Falls, Texas, loses 40 million gallons of its water supply every day to evaporation. Can the city save its reservoirs by coating them with a vapor-fighting biodegradable powder?

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to set some of the toughest carbon emission limits in the country, but conservatives in the state senate are standing in his way. That’s why billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer wants to help tip the legislature’s balance in Inslee’s favor by helping Democrats reclaim half a dozen senate seats.

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