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Lake Erie Toxic Algae
According to a recent study conducted by leading Midwest academic institutions, including OSU, the Maumee River is the main contributor to western Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem, with 85 percent of the river’s pollution stemming from crop fields and livestock farms.

Manure and chemical fertilizer are swept into the Maumee River during storms and snow melts.

There are sensible actions and solutions that can prevent damaging runoffs. Specific farming practices like cover crops and perennials reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the lake and are highly effective when combined with actions like not over-applying manure and fertilizer. Experts in Ohio already work with farmers to encourage their voluntary adoption, as they have done for decades. And yet today, with all of those activities happening, we are still talking about algae bloom “season” as if it’s normal for toxic water to show up every summer.


 
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7,400 Pounds of Phosphorus Removed From Lakes - About 7,400 pounds of weed-feeding phosphorus was diverted from reaching our waterways last year, according to the 2014 State of the Lakes annual report, released this week. That’s significant, because every pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pounds of lake algae.


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