Lake Erie forecast is for smaller, significant algae bloom

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers are forecasting another significant algae bloom on western Lake Erie this summer, but say it will be smaller than last year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners issued their annual algae forecast Thursday for the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
Scientists expect the bloom will be much smaller than the largest blooms that formed in 2011 and 2015 and stretched far across the western and central areas of the lake.
Algae blooms on lakes are becoming an increasing concern nationwide, but Lake Erie has been hit particularly hard over the past decade.
The sometimes toxic blooms are a threat to drinking water and wildlife.
Ohio’s governor announced this week plans to increase regulations on farmers to reduce the fertilizer runoff that feeds the toxic algae.