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.