Algae

Study shows no drop in pollutants feeding Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio — Research into Lake Erie’s toxic algae shows no clear decrease in the pollutants feeding the persistent blooms during the past five years, according to an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency report. The review also finds that nearly all of the phosphorus and nitrogen flowing from Ohio’s streams and rivers into the lake’s western end is coming mainly from…

Algae leads to ‘impaired’ designation for western Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio, for the first time, is designating the entire western end of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years, officials said recently. The shallowest of the Great Lakes has seen its largest algae blooms on record over the past decade, fueled mainly…

New York governor kicks off effort to combat algal blooms in upstate waters

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week kicked off the first in a series of four summits addressing upstate lakes and other waterways threatened by harmful algal blooms, which can affect water quality and diminish recreational opportunities and tourism. “Harmful algal blooms are poison,” the Democrat said at an event in New Paltz, 65 miles south of Albany. “These…

Critics: Ohio’s plan to cut Lake Erie algae lacks direction

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s outline for sharply reducing what’s making algae flourish in Lake Erie clearly shows that changes in farming methods are what’s needed.  The blueprint also has a long list of ways to do that, but some environmental groups say the state’s updated plan still lacks clear direction about what should come next. The plan released Nov. 17…

Scientists: Drones may help to spot harmful algae blooms

GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. — Scientists in Virginia say that drones may help them spot algae blooms that are harmful to the environment and to human health. The Daily Press reported that biologists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point have traditionally used boats and special sunglasses. They have already been working with NASA on ways to identify…