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Why couldn’t they drink the water in Toledo? What is blue-green algae?

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Why couldn’t they drink the water in Toledo? What is blue-green algae?   In a few words, their water was contaminated by blue-green algae. Blue-Green Algae, also referred to as harmful algal blooms (HABs) are contaminating drinking water in the western basin of Lake Erie. Harmful algal blooms were common in western Lake Erie between the 1960s and 1980s. After a lapse of nearly 20 years, blooms have been steadily increasing over the past decade. This is thought to be from a significant recent increase in the number of large storm events (generally considered to be more than 1 inch of rainfall in a 24 hour period) which results in larger amounts of phosphorus runoff into waterways; and increased water temperatures, which contributes to the blooms forming. The phosphorus and [Read More…]