AP EXPLAINS: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
This article was published November 26, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. Here's a look at the algae menace and what's being done:

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