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Focusing on Lake Erie's Algae Problem - Affecting Local Business

Tuesday, July 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Liz Szlaga

The algae bloom that has recently developed in the west end of Lake Erie is growing in size and according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now has concentrations of Microcystis Cyanobacteria. This is the same toxic microcystin that led to a three-day drinking water ban for Toledo water consumers in 2014. This concentration of microcystin is approaching levels that can cause harm to humans and pets. The bloom extends from Maumee Bay State Park to the Detroit River, stretching along 40 miles of Lake Erie’s western shoreline. These algae blooms are primarily fed by the manures and fertilizers applied to farm fields in western Ohio’s Maumee River watershed. One of the delays in getting a plan under way to deal with the algae blooms is the recurring argument for farm subsidies and aid from taxpayers. The algae bloom is also affecting charter boat business on Lake Erie. Many captains are losing business day by day. “Until the phosphorus inputs are reduced significantly and consistently so that only the mildest blooms occur, the people, the ecosystem, and the economy of this region are being threatened.” Said Don Scavia, a University of Michigan aquatic ecologist. For more on Lake Erie’s algae blooms, click on the buttons below.


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