The more rain we have this spring, the bigger the Lake Erie algae bloom this summer -- and it’s been a wet spring.
Algae blooms in western Lake Erie are primarily due to excess nutrients from fertilizer chemicals running off farm land. Some blooms can become toxic, shutting down beaches or sickening people and pets.
Rain helps phosphorus travel from farms to the lake through rivers including the Maumee in western Ohio – and tracking from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can predict the size of an algae bloom.
Lots of people were already upset about President Trump’s plan to slash Great Lakes funding in next year’s federal budget. Now he’s recommending a $50 million cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for this year.