algae blooms

Lake Erie Is Expected to Experience One of its Largest Algae Bloom This Summer

Jul 14, 2017
Photo of dangerous algae bloom in Lake Erie
WKSU

A significant harmful algae bloom is predicted this summer in western Lake Erie.

A significant harmful algae bloom is predicted this summer in western Lake Erie. This year’s algae bloom could be one of the biggest on record.  And it means folks out on Western Lake Erie will see green scum on the water.

Photo of dangerous algae bloom in Lake Erie
WKSU

Water levels are at near-record highs in Lake Erie. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the water levels are 9 inches above normal, tied to a very rainy spring.

Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie is focused on science, education and research concerning the Great Lakes.  Research coordinator Justin Chaffin says the high levels could cause some minor flooding for people living along the lake.

Lake Erie algae bloom
NOAA

The more rain we have in the spring, the bigger the Lake Erie algae bloom in the summer. And it’s been a wet spring. 

Algae blooms in western Lake Erie are primarily due to fertilizer chemicals running off farm land. Some blooms can become toxic, shutting down beaches or sickening people and pets.

Rain helps phosphorus migrate from farms to the lake through rivers including the Maumee in western Ohio – and tracking from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, can predict the size of an algae bloom.

Paul Pacholski / eriehopper.com

The Lake Erie Charter Boat Association is among a half dozen environmental and business groups that have joined a lawsuit this week against the U.S. EPA.

Ohio Environmentalists Slam President Trump's EPA Cuts

Mar 4, 2017
photo of Algae bloom on Lake Erie, Summer 2014
NOAA

Ohio environmental advocates say Lake Erie would be hurt by  President Donald Trump’s proposed deep budget cuts to the U.S. EPA, and that damage would hurt the state’s economy.

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