Lake Erie

Update 9/12/2017: The  City of Toledo has moved its water quality dashboard back to clear.

For a city on Lake Erie, it's the season for monitoring toxic algae blooms -- and drinking water.

Toledo Ohio know how dangerous the blooms can be. In 2014, toxins contaminated its water supply, forcing a "do not drink or boil” advisory for two days.

Dave Rosenthal

The topic of sewage discharges is back in the spotlight again in Niagara Falls and surrounding areas.


As the algae bloom season continues, NASA has been experimenting with drones to photograph the spread of harmful algae.  In the meantime, private airplane pilots acting as citizen scientists are helping out.

NASA

In the after-glow of Monday's eclipse, we can start looking forward to an even more exciting event for the Great Lakes region: the 2024 total solar eclipse.

EPA

A new non-native species has been found in western Lake Erie, the EPA said Monday.

It's named Brachionus leydigii. And it's a type of zooplankton, which means it could be food for lots of fish.

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