They contend that the only way the lake will meet federally mandated water quality standards is to add enforceable rules limiting two main sources of the phosphorus that feeds the algae – chemical fertilizers used on fields, and livestock manure.
The state intends to establish a plan to reduce runoff that’s feeding the algae outbreaks by limiting how much of the pollution is allowed to flow into the lake’s western end.
Tests of samples taken from one property in Macomb County showed the substance to be decaying algae containing E. coli bacteria.
The state has 23 sites so far where it wants to restore or create new wetlands, which slow down runoff from farm fields while also filtering and capturing the phosphorus from fertilizers that feed the algae.
The invasion of zebra and quagga mussels in the Great Lakes is impacting more than just the food web.
Researchers are expecting that record-setting rains in Ohio and neighboring states in recent months will fuel a large mass of algae on the lake.
Authorities say newly installed technology on Owasco, Seneca and Skaneateles Lakes will quickly detect changing water-quality conditions that could indicate a harmful algal bloom, or HAB, is developing.
The bloom’s size will ultimately depend on rainfall amounts from now through early summer.
A DNR invasive species specialist confirmed starry stonewort when investigating a report of zebra mussels in Pleasant Lake, which turned out to be negative.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Pungent, sometimes toxic blobs are fouling waterways from the Great Lakes to Chesapeake Bay.
The groups want the EPA to declare that the western end of the lake is impaired by the algae that’s a threat to drinking water and fish. Such a designation could lead to stricter pollution controls.
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…
Ohio Lake Erie Commission in charge of seeing that the state reaches its goal of a 40 percent reduction of phosphorus going into western Lake Erie within the next 10 years.