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Lake Erie Faces Collapse
A recent satellite image captured an infestation of blue-green algae, or microcystis aeruginosa, a visible sign of the devastation occurring on the fourth largest of the Great Lakes. It is the worst algae bloom the lake has experienced in decades and appears to be one of many factors that biologists say are pointing toward the collapse of the ecosystem.

Lake Erie supports a large diversity of life and has a complex ecosystem. It contains life from that ranges in size from the smallest bacteria to the largest animal that lives in fresh water, the lake sturgeon; Lake Erie is the most biologically productive Great Lake and is home to one of the world’s largest freshwater commercial fisheries.


 
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Harvester Removes 500 Cubic Yards of Unwanted Aquatic Vegetation - The aquatic plant harvester cuts the vegetation down approximately 2-5 feet from the surface of the lake. It will not be fully removed since it benefits fish and oxygen levels in the lake. The process helps keep swimmers and watercraft from coming into contact with the vegetation as well as removing the nutrients that the plants hold.


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