A federal judge in Ohio says an environmental group pushing for mandatory regulations to prevent toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie can move forward with its lawsuit.
Researchers say the harmful algae bloom on Lake Erie this past summer was the fifth largest since they began ranking them going back to 2002.
In the mid-1800s, the Great Black Swamp was slowly drained as settlers dug drainage trenches and felled trees. The area is now largely farmland. But draining that swamp led to some unanticipated consequences.
The Wisconsin DNR board has proposed extensive rewrites of the state’s water pollution regulations, including new restrictions on manure and PFAS, that could cost well-users, farmers and wastewater treatment plants millions of dollars.
The fourth annual event touched on a variety of resources, news, trends and possible solutions relating to Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem.
Record-setting algae bloom in Lake Erie caused by agricultural and meteorological trends have caused this problem, which scientists predict won’t be the last crisis of its kind.
So, what can we do about it? Is it preventable, and if so, how?
Great Lakes Now produced a special interview with Christy McDonald and Dr. Patrick Doran, Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan. Dr. Doran leads statewide and Great Lakes‐wide investigations of conservation priorities. This includes the identification and prioritization of important conservation areas, as well as the development and implementation of conservation strategies and measures of success.
- Patrick Doran, Michigan Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy
- Jeff Reutter, Director, Ohio Sea Grant, Center for Lake Erie Area Research (by Skype)
- Raj Bejankiwar, Physical Scientist, International Joint Commission (he’s the lead scientist on the IJC’s LEEP report)
- Tim Davis, Molecular Ecologist, NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Detroit Public Television will continue to provide you with critical and in-depth information about the algae bloom crisis and other environmental issues that you need to know about.
Alliance for the Great Lakes – Protecting Coastal Health from Algae
NOAA – GLERL (Great Lakes Experimental Regional Laboratory) on Harmful Algae Blooms – There you can find:
- NOAA HAB Forecast Bulletins
- HAB Research
- Phytoplankton Monitoring Network
- NOAA Ecoforecasting
Ohio Sea Grant – 10 Thing to Know About Algae Blooms (PDF)
Ohio Sea Grant – Harmful Algal Blooms in the Ohio Waters (PDF)