Background

Additional background information of a variety of topics.  Click on a link below to see our page on that topic.

Basic Biology: Additional information on cyanobacteria, microcystis, and also the types of true algae.

In-depth Biology: Much more information relating to the microbiology of cyanobacteria and algae.

Agriculture: What affect is agriculture having on the cyanobacteria and the lake?  Details here on the negative side of industrial farming.

The Nutrients: Information on eutrophication and the chemical nutrients behind it – phosphorus and nitrogen.

The Great Lakes:  Background information on the Great Lakes system, for context. Lake Erie is effectively the smallest lake and most susceptible to these issues.

Water Treatment:  How does water get treated for drinking? How does wastewater get treated?  A basic understanding of these topics is useful.