Toxic Algae BloomThis year could be a record year for toxic algae bloom in some areas.
The heavy rains received in June are a major contributor to this issue.

Check out this story and learn more about this issue.

Here is an updated look at this issue, recorded July 27, 2015

Check out the following article that was released this week and learn more about why this is such a big issue that could affect many communities’ drinking water supplies.

Toxic algae likely to surface on Lake Erie again

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced earlier this month that models show this summer could be one of the most severe for harmful algal blooms on Western Lake Erie, the second-most severe behind a record-setting bloom in 2011. It is expected to range between 8.1 to 9.5 on the administration’s “severity index,” compared to a 6.5 index rating for last summer’s disruptive bloom. The major bloom prediction was prompted by heavy June rains, causing significant nutrient runoff into the lake basin. Source: Toxic algae likely to surface on Lake Erie again, July 29, 2015 Detroit Free Press

 

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