Algae Blooms

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer. Most of the rest of the lake will not be affected.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released action plans for 12 waterbodies affected by harmful algal blooms. The state is partnering with local communities to reduce and eliminate the blooms.

Algae bloom taking shape on Lake Erie

Jul 5, 2018
NOAA

Algae blooms have started in western Lake Erie, and researchers say the unusually warm weather may make things worse.


A new report from the International Joint Commission, a bi-national agency, says the Great Lakes restoration continues to progress -- but not quickly enough.

  

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. 


The algae bloom season continues in western Lake Erie, casting turning the lake and Maumee River green.  These photos show the bloom's progression from mid-September to the end of the month.

Western Lake Erie’s algae bloom is in full swing – and the water is a sickly green.  

At Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo, Ohio, the lake looks like it’s covered in paint. Thick lines of scum swirl around as the sun beats down.

 

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.

An Asian Carp was caught recently in a place where it shouldn’t be – beyond an electric barrier meant to keep the species out of Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes. Researchers at Southern Illinois University are trying to figure out just how it got there.


Dogs and algae blooms -- a fatal combination

Jul 26, 2017

As scientists watch for the spread of toxic algae blooms in western Lake Erie and other hotspots around the Great Lakes, it's important to remember the dangers for pets.

​As scientists forecast a significant algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer, environmental groups are calling for tougher government policies to reduce pollution from farms.


Part 3 in a series about President Trump's budget 

A lot of attention has focused on President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which doles out $300 million a year for various projects. But his "skinny budget" has other cuts -- including the National Sea Grant program -- that would affect the region.


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.

WBFO's Angelica Morrison

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has notified local officials confirming the presence of a harmful algae bloom in Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park.

Algae Bloom forecast for the Great Lakes

Jul 7, 2016
Submitted Art

There is some good news in store for the Great Lakes. A federal agency said Thursday morning that forecasts show the western side of Lake Erie will experience a less severe algae bloom this year.

A report from two Canadian groups offers a harsh assessment of the future water quality of the Great Lakes. The findings indicate that major work is needed to stop the proliferation of toxic algae blooms.

WBFO File Photo

The water may once again be safe in Toledo,but Senator Charles Schumer says that city's recent drinking water ban should be a wake-up call.

For years, environmentalists have warned of the damaging effects of agricultural runoff and sewage overflows into the Great Lakes. The intensity of that warning has increased following last weekend's water crisis near Toledo.

Chris Caya/WBFO news

Senator Charles Schumer says "conditions are ripe" for a record toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that could threaten local drinking water.

Report: Farm run-off polluting Lake Erie

Apr 30, 2013
WBFO News file photo

A new report called ‘Taken By Storm’ released by the National Wildlife Foundation is highlighting the issue of excessive fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie. The resulting algal blooms can seriously impact the health of those who rely on its water.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

April 22 marked Earth Day and on Buffalo's waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins introduced legislation to help clean up the Great Lakes through upgrades to wastewater treatment plants.