Algae blooms stain Lake St. Clair

Heavy spring rains and fertilizers are the combination responsible for algae blooms along Lake St. Clair’s southern shoreline that are visible in satellite photos.

Brad Wurfel, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, said the state does not anticipate any “potential impact to Michigan’s drinking water” from algae in Lake St. Clair. He also said most algae problems in the lake on the Michigan side are from cladophora, a green algae that does not produce toxins, but does wash up on the lake shore.

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Webinars promote algae research communication

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began a series of three Great Lakes algae webinars on Tuesday by asking university and private researchers to communicate more about what they’re doing.

The goal of an interagency working group formed under the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act is to tie more research together. NOAA and other federal agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, can better identify data gaps, Mary Erickson, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, said.

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Testing the waters: The city’s uncertain response to toxic algae in Lake Erie does not enhance confidence in Mayor Hicks-Hudson’s leadership

Published: Friday, 7/31/2015

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson made the right — but late — call Thursday when she announced that the city will resume daily testing of Lake Erie water for the toxin that poisoned the region’s water supply last year. Nothing short of such a testing regimen, for the rest of this year’s algae-bloom season,  is likely to reassure local consumers of the safety of their drinking water.

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Snyder plan to fight Great Lakes algae draws criticism

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan for helping reduce the spread of algal blooms in the Great Lakes fails to go far enough, according to several conservation groups.

In November, state officials rolled out their plan for reducing the amount of phosphorus that reaches the lakes and helps generate the green blooms that foul beaches and interfere with boating. Algae has become particularly problematic in Lake Erie, where it contaminated Toledo’s water supply in 2014.

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