Green water in lake, Maumee River has prompted health advisories
By Ignazio Messina | BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published on Sept. 26, 2017 | Updated 3:00 p. m.
Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson reversed course Tuesday and announced she would support the effort to get Lake Erie’s western basin declared impaired because of excessive algae.
The mayor made the announcement in Middlegrounds Metropark on the banks of the Maumee River, which was a blend of dark and near-florescent green.
The Toledo Lucas County Health Department issued a recreational public health advisory because of an algal bloom on the river in downtown Toledo. Two test results Saturday showed 1.8 and 11.8 parts per billion of microcystin in raw river water, both below the 20 ppb threshold the World Health Organization uses for avoiding all contact. City tap water, which is pulled from Lake Erie, was still safe to drink, officials said.
The bloom extended from the Anthony Wayne Bridge to Cullen Park, and advisory signs were posted at various access points.