Too often cities focus on why “they can’t tackle the problem,” says Water Environment Federation’s Lynn Broaddus, pointing to Lansing, Madison and Buffalo as cities that found a way.
Michigan’s lack of septic system regulations is causing problems for some of its most pristine lakes
The cost of updating sewer systems in growing communities is either a hefty price tag or polluted waters.
New legislation in Ontario can result in a fine if boats are not cleaned properly when they are moved from one body of water and into another.
The field studies over the past few weeks — a collective effort known as the “Winter Grab” — were intended to boost knowledge of what happens in the five lakes when they’re covered partially or completely with ice.
What sort of effect this will have on lake ecology and organisms is still unknown, though researchers say an increase in algal blooms can be expected.
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)