Living with Toxic Algal Blooms: Lake Erie

Because of its shallow depths, its large nutrient loads, and its importance as a water supply for more than 10 million people, western Lake Erie is North America’s top hotspot for cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (CHAB)—a distinction reinforced by the August 2014 Toledo water crisis.

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Harmful Algal Blooms on the Rise

Scientists, agencies, communities, and officials work to understand the drivers behind the harmful algal blooms and develop science-based solutions

Remote Sensing Holds Promise

A great deal of cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (CHAB) research and public policy initiatives focus on improving monitoring and forecasting of CHABs, as well as increasing public notices and warnings about CHABs when they occur in recreational lakes and shores.

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The Ag Angle: Addressing Farm Runoff

Increasing levels of phosphorus and nitrogen in many water bodies allow cyanobacteria to thrive in the warmer months of the year. And while wastewater treatment plants, septic leach fields, and other sources contribute some phosphorus and nitrogen, the top contributor is agriculture.

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Harmful Algal Blooms
on the Rise

Scientists, agencies, communities, and officials work to understand the drivers behind the harmful algal blooms and develop science-based solutions

RELATED STORIES

About The Current

The Current is E & E's quarterly examination of issues impacting markets and shaping progress in the environmental field. The pace of change in our industry is swift and the policy landscape is ever-changing. In The Current, we bring you the collected insights of our industry leaders to make sense of it all.

 

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