Lake Erie bright green for miles
October 6, 2017
(External News) Algal blooms in Lake Erie have been a concern since the 2000s. The blooms are made up of cyanobacteria, an algae that has the potential to produce toxins that can pollute drinking water and harm local ecosystems. Last week, officials reported a 700 square mile (or 1,813 square km) bright green bloom in the lake’s western basin. This and previous blooms have been linked to extensive fertilizer use on farmlands in the region.