Michigan won’t reach the phosphorus reduction goal by 2025 as planned. It’s uncertain when it might attain that goal to help reduce cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie.
Ahead of a gathering to assess the health of Lake Erie, Michigan acknowledges it won’t meet a 2025 deadline to cut phosphorus runoff into the lake by 40 percent.
The Catch took a look at why experts are saying water from greenhouses in southern Ontario could be harming Lake Erie. Journalist and farmer Matt McIntosh recently reported on the issue for The Narwhal.
Experts say nutrient-rich water from greenhouse farms could be harming Lake Erie, but Ontario’s Environment Ministry has issued very few fines for potential algae-causing infractions.
Environmentalists say the Ohio plan will not work because it doesn’t hold agriculture responsible for the runoff from fields using manure from factory farms as fertilizer.
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)