Algae

Over 100 advocates for the Great Lakes are in Washington D.C. this week, lobbying Congress to continue its bipartisan support on issues including pollution clean-up and drinking water protection.

This year’s Great Lakes Day is similar to last year’s – it has a lot to do with making sure the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative receives full funding - $300 million a year.  Trump’s latest budget proposal cuts that number down to $30 million.

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As Great Lakes advocates lobby Congress this week, a new report details how the federal government and states plan to fight algae blooms in Lake Erie.

Dr. Rafat Ansari

Canada and the province of Ontario recently released their plan to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.  Phosphorus is the primary cause of the blooms that turn parts of the lake green most summers.

The U.S. and Canada hope to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent, from 2008 levels.  It’s all part of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.


Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

In his lab at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, Greg Boyer stands beside his mass spectrometer. This machine is analyzing the chemical makeup of algae samples, specifically, those that produce deadly toxins.


Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

The 2017 algae bloom is over in western Lake Erie.  And while it didn’t directly threaten drinking water, its bright green hue prompted national attention and hurt Lake Erie’s tourism business. 


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