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.
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.
Ecosystems expert Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D., will speak about the prevalence of algal blooms on the shores of Lake Erie at the next Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum on Feb. 18, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation.
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.
Monroe, Mich. (AP) — Efforts in Michigan to cut down on the pollutants feeding algae in Lake Erie have been showing signs of success, state officials say.
This includes changes to reduce farm runoff and the amount of phosphorus that comes out of Detroit’s wastewater plant and makes its way into the lake, officials said.
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.