Lake Erie

Gov. Kasich at Lake Erie
TIM DURBAVETZ / IDEASTREAM

Gov. John Kasich chose a deck at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland to sign a new bill aimed at protecting Lake Erie.  Senate Bill 2 will expand the power of the Ohio EPA, but it’s also aimed at helping businesses. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Mark Urycki reports.

Two years ago, the governor signed S.B 1 to prevent the dumping of dredged river material into Lake Erie.  Now Kasich has signed S.B. 2 to help find a market for that sediment.

“We want to take care of our environment. We don’t want to worship it but we want to be good stewards of it.”

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.

Dredging at the Port of Cleveland
PORT OF CLEVELAND

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging Governor John Kasich to sign a water quality bill sent to him last week.

photo of Lake Erie
JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

Water levels in Lake Erie this summer are much higher than last year, and that’s beginning to cause problems. 

By this time of year, Lake Erie usually reaches its peak water level, beginning a seasonal decline with drier conditions.  

But this year has been a rare one -- Lake Erie was about 20 inches above its long term precipitation average. Lake levels of all five Great Lakes are higher this year than they were a year ago.  

With intermittent storms forecast for the next week, Lake Erie may be closer to reaching record highs.

Canada-United States Collaboration for Great Lakes Water Quality

A new report on the health of the Great Lakes shows a grim outlook for Lake Erie.

The Canada-United States Collaboration for Great Lakes Water Quality says Lake Erie’s general health is in poor and deteriorating -- due to problems like harmful algae blooms.

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