Aug 3, 2014

Sunday Salon: Reading In Spite of Lake Erie Water Disaster

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We need a lot of heavy rain, winds, and lower temps to get rid of the toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie that are growing near the water intake for Lucas County, Ohio's water supply.
Our water advisory started early yesterday morning and we were told not to drink, cook, or brush teeth with the local water. Now they are saying those with compromised immune systems are advised to not even shower or bathe in the water. And washing clothes in cold water will still leave some of the toxins in the clothes. Of course, boiling the water will only increase the concentration of the toxin in the water.

We drove a hour south of the Great Lakes to find bottled water yesterday morning. There was a drain on bottled water in all the stores starting 2 a.m. Saturday, and by the time people woke up to the news on TV, water was very scarce. We found bottles in Lima, Ohio, thank heavens. By today, the local stores had trucked in millions of bottles of water so there is no shortage. And free water is being distributed at points around the city and county.

How long will this water emergency last? One can only hope not too long. The neon green algae can be seen from outer space, it's so dense. Not all of Lake Erie is affected, just our shallow portion of the lake, on its lower west. The algae blooms have not congregated on other sides of the lake, so Sandusky and Cleveland's water supplies are safe this time.

What's the point of being near the nation's greatest bodies of water, the Great Lakes, when they can become so polluted and toxic?

In any case, the reading of books goes on. I was absolutely delighted to get these two mystery novels in my mailbox.
Paw and Order
Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn is a stand alone novel in the Chet and Bernie mystery series with canine detective Chet and his human partner Bernie. I just love Chet the narrator and his doggie's point of view.

In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation's capital.

The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath is the third Edie Kiglatuk mystery in the series and is a stand alone novel.

 The intrepid Edie Kiglatuk discovers one of her female students dead in a toxic lake in her third arctic mystery...

Toxic lake?  That sounds familiar, but this lake is in the Arctic.

What are you reading this summer weekend? 

32 comments:

  1. I've never heard of such a thing! Hope people get busy and fix your water problems.

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  2. The problem with these algae, Deb Nance, is that they are expected to hang around, on and off, all summer.

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  3. Yikes! That sounds dreadful to deal with.

    The books look good, though.

    Joy's Book Blog

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  4. I've been wondering if my in-laws in BG are affected but we haven't heard from them about it so either they aren't or they are away right now.

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  5. So sorry to hear about these water problems. We so take for granted access to clean usable water. When we lose that access it can turn our existence upside down.

    I hope that the problem clears up quickly.

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  6. Oh, your water situation sounds like a dystopian novel in the making...hope not! Hope it all gets sorted out.

    Love the look of your new books...avoid books about toxic water.

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  7. Lauren-Rain, dystopia for sure. I hope there is a happy solution but they now say they expect the algae to keep going through fall! How much water can we buy!

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  8. Brian, Joy: I do wish I lived somewhere else at this point!

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  9. This is very distressing news, especially since it seems that all you can do is wait for the weather to change! We live closer to Lake Ontario and, thankfully, have not heard of algae blooms there. Hoping for the best for Lake Erie...

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  10. I had heard a little bit about the water situation but didn't realize how serious it was. How scary. Glad to hear the stores are trucking in water. On the plus side looks like you got some good books. The Bone Seeker especially looks interesting.

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  11. Love that title Paw and Order. Scary about the weather!
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  12. I hope you get enough rain to get rid of the problem. I live near Lake Michigan and we've had it before but not this summer. Good luck!

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  13. Oh my goodness what an ordeal! I'm glad that there is ample supply of bottled water at least. And yes it really does sound like a dystopian novel.

    Hope your new books provide a little distraction, though yes as you said The Bone Seeker does sound familiar.

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  14. How awful to be under such a water advisory! I hope things get back to normal soon for you guys!!

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  15. That's awful to hear about Lake Erie...sometimes we have algae blooms in the local river and are told not to swim/eat fish from there, but they're not part of the water supply. Hope things improve soon.

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  16. Oh my gosh, that is so scary! I hope they get it fixed soon! I hope your books can take your mind off of your water woes.

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  17. Good news, everyone. Seems using more carbon in the water filtration system is helping to get rid of the toxins and we hope the water ban in our area will be lifted in a few days! Whew!

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  18. I'm sorry to hear about your water issues. I live on the shore of Lake Superior and would hate it if our big, beautiful lake became polluted. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  19. Wow I had not heard of this water danger! Hope it clears up very soon!

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  20. Happy days again! The water ban has been lifted. Hope it stays that way all summer!

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  21. Both your mysteries look good, I hope they help to take your mind off the water issues, and that the algae problem is resolved quickly.

    Read on,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  22. Checking back on Monday. I thought of you last night when the story was on the national news. Good to see that the ban is lifted!

    Joy's Book Blog

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  23. Yikes - it's awful not being able to use your water. I do hope that you get the needed weather soon. Here on the east coast, we're expecting effects of Hurricane Bertha later this week - that would do the trick, I think. But it probably won't reach the Great Lakes. :-(

    On the bright side, you have the newest Chet & Bernie! I do so LOVE that series!! Happy reading. :-)

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  24. I am sorry that you live near that contamination that I heard about on the news. Wow, that is serious stuff going on.
    On a happier note, you do have some good books to read. Good luck with the water situation.

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  25. Thanks everyone for your comments on the water situation. Happy to report the water ban has been lifted as they have improved the filtration system to catch these particular toxins. More carbon helps, it seems. Hope my and your rest of summer will be a good and calm one.

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  26. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear about the water situation. Glad it all worked out!

    My Sunday

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  27. Great mailbox. I'm not familiar with any of these. Glad the water ban has been lifted. That must be a relief!

    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

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  28. Wow. That is crazy! Glad it is all taken care of.
    Enjoy your books.

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  29. I hope everything works out. the cover of The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath looks so cool!

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  30. I hope the water emergency is over soon.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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  31. I hope your water issues are resolved! That is scary.

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