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Officials Take Tour of Lake Erie Algae Bloom
Policy discussions took a back seat to the real star of an all-day tour in eastern Lucas and western Ottawa counties, an up-close look at the thick, menacing-looking toxic algae that is peaking in western Lake Erie.

Known as microcystis, the free-floating algae once again has transformed much of the basin into the color and texture of pea soup. Mats have formed a scum on the lake, with particles so dense the water seems to have chunks of algae in it.



 
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Chesapeake Bay Underwater Grasses Continue to Rebound - Underwater grasses continue to rebound across the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland and Virginia scientists reported Thursday, with aerial surveys showing a 27 percent expansion last year. Problematic as that may be for boaters, it's encouraging ecologically, as the grasses provide vital habitat for blue crabs and fish, while also helping to clean up the water.


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