Andrew Horansky, WKYC 7:08 PM. EDT June 21, 2017
The EPA has released a scathing new report that finds Lake Erie is in “poor shape” when it comes to the other Great Lakes.
The report, released Wednesday, blames pollution, poor habitats, and algal blooms.
So what does that mean for people living in Northeast Ohio?
Channel 3 News inquired about the safety of drinking water, beaches and fish consumption.
According to the EPA, drinking water quality remains “good” and “unchanging” so long as it continues to be treated.
BY GARRET ELLISON
LANSING, MI — On the cusp of what’s expected to be another sizable summer algae bloom in Lake Erie, the state of Michigan has released a plan for improving the lake that critics say doesn’t do enough to reduce nutrient-laden runoff from farms.
The state calls the 23-page Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie released June 13 a roadmap to help Michigan meet its joint pledge with Ohio and Canada to reduce phosphorus entering the lake by 40 percent over the next eight years.
Phosphorus runoff from farms, sewage plants and other sources of nutrient pollution is fueling disgusting and dangerous algae growth in the lake’s western end each summer. A toxin inside the blue-green algae can cause rashes, nausea, headaches and organ damage.
Michigan is one of several states in the lake’s watershed issuing action plans the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to roll into a broader strategy to curb the harmful algal blooms, which turn the water green, slimy and toxic.
The 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada requires national plans be completed by February 2018. Ohio, which has the most land in the western basin watershed and the most coastline impacted by the annual blooms, is expecting to release its plan in October.
By Tom Henry | BLADE STAFF WRITER Published on May 19, 2017
DETROIT — Climate change, invasive species, and the impact of industrial chemicals are topics at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes scientists.
The 2014 Toledo water crisis and western Lake Erie’s chronic algae problem continue to garner a lot of attention.
This satellite image shows the algae bloom on Lake Erie in 2011, which according to NOAA was the worst in decades. While much of the focus when it comes to algae is on the lake’s western basin near Toledo, a researcher says blooms may impact the rest of the lake more often going forward.