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Scientists Seek Solutions to Lake Erie’s Algae Blooms
Experts spent two days comparing research findings about Lake Erie’s struggles with algae and to work on a report for government policymakers. Blue-green algae are native to Lake Erie, but the lake has been plagued by increasingly large masses over the past decade.

The algal blooms produce toxins and suck the oxygen from the water, creating “dead zones” where nothing can live. Phosphorus runoff from farms is considered the leading culprit, while sewage-treatment plants and septic tanks are sources of the pollution as well. Climate change is likely to promote algae blooms as well by boosting water temperatures and causing severe storms that wash huge volumes of nutrients into the lake.

 
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Waterfowl Fly Clear of Algae Blooms - Algae growth on part of Lake Smith on Virginia Beach has taken over part of the lake turning the water into a vat of green ooze.


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