Lake Erie

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…

On Erie, before ice-fishing craze, ice harvest was the rage

(Photo courtesy of Vexilar)ERIE, Pa. — Gaze onto Presque Isle Bay these days and you’ll likely see legions of ice fishermen, huddled in shelters, enjoying their favorite winter activity. From the 1880s to the late 1920s, Presque Isle Bay in winter was inhabited by a different lot of outdoors types — scores of polers, plowmen, feeders, packers and foremen. In…

U.S. agency reverses course on Lake Erie toxic algae decision

TOLEDO, Ohio — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants Ohio to do another review of Lake Erie to determine whether it should be declared impaired by toxic algae blooms that have become a recurring threat in recent summers. The agency in a letter to Ohio’s environmental director said it was reversing an earlier decision that had agreed with the state’s…

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…

Lake Erie algae problem matches third-worst on record

TOLEDO, Ohio — The toxic algae that spread across Lake Erie this summer roughly matched its third-most severe bloom in 15 years, government researchers said earlier this week. The algae outbreak on the shallowest of the Great Lakes had two peaks this year in August and again in mid-September, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It left behind…

Sea lamprey numbers mysteriously rising in Lake Superior, Lake Erie

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the lakes in the last century and decimated native fish until a poison…

The state of Lake Erie walleyes: Annual assessment in the works

The Michigan DNR will conduct its annual walleye assessment in the west basin of Lake Erie near Monroe, Mich., beginning Oct. 9 and continuing through Oct. 13. “This survey is a cornerstone of the DNR’s annual efforts to assess the walleye fishery in Lake Erie,” said Todd Wills, the DNR’s Lake Huron-Lake Erie area fisheries research manager. “The data from…

Another algae ‘storm’ expected on Erie

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A “significant” harmful algae bloom is expected to form in western Lake Erie this summer, though it probably won’t be as large as some previous formations that posed health risks and hampered tourism, scientists said recently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners released their annual algae forecast for the shallowest and warmest of…