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Pollution Will Feed Lake Algae for Years
The toxic algae problems that Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys face are mirrored in lakes in Florida, China and New Zealand. A group of international algae experts said that there are no quick or easy solutions to clear algae from lake water. In the case of Grand Lake St. Marys, it could take decades.

The algae, also called cyanobacteria, are common in most lakes but grow thick feeding on phosphorus from manure, fertilizers and sewage that rains wash into nearby streams. They can produce as many as four liver and nerve toxins that can sicken people and kill pets.

In 2010, a liver toxin was so concentrated in Grand Lake St. Marys that the state warned people not to touch the water. Last year in Lake Erie, a record bloom of algae stretched from Toledo to Cleveland.

 
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